Kalamansi Lime Cocktail- Palsy Walsy Shooters

Refreshing Kalamansi Lime Cocktail Recipe or Calamondin Oranges that's fruity made with Gin or Vodka | @whiteonrice

This cocktail is dedicated to our dear, smart, funny, handsome, brilliant, blog buddy, Dr. Mark.

This inspired cocktail is form a great cocktail book that Mark gave us, “The little Philippine bar book” has some fun, exotic cocktails.  Filled with exotic fruits mixed with tasty alcohols, it’s a wonderful book to drink your way through.  Here’s the Palsy Walsy Kalamansi lime cocktail to give you a preview.  The only change we’ve made is to shake it with ice and serve them as shooters.  This  kalamansi lime cocktail recipe should make about 2 shooters or 1 cocktail.

Mark, Thank you so much for your kindness, generosity, warm heart, humor , friendship and taking the time out of your BUSY Los Angeles visit to spend with us. We’re so fortunate to have finally met up with you and shared a meal. You have many, many blog fans out there (besides us!) and we hope that, one day, they get the lucky opportunity to meet you too. We truly mean every word of this.

Here’s three shooter cheers to you Mark!


Diane and Todd

Read Mark’s post on his trip to Los Angeles!

Refreshing Kalamansi Lime Cocktail Recipe or Calamondin Oranges that's fruity made with Gin or Vodka | @whiteonrice

juicy kalamansi limes (or calamondin oranges)

Refreshing Kalamansi Lime Cocktail Recipe or Calamondin Oranges that's fruity made with Gin or Vodka | @whiteonrice

Palsy Walsy Kalamansi Lime Cocktail

Yield: 1 cocktail

Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Vodka
  • 1 ounce (30ml) Simple Syrup, or to taste
  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) Gin
  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) fresh Kalamansi lime juice
  • dash orange bitters


  1. Mix all ingredients together (vodka, simple syrup, gin, kalamansi juice, and orange bitters) in an old fashioned glass and stir.  Add ice.  Garnish with slice of kalamansi lime or spiral of orange zest. Enjoy!

Note 1: A basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. example- One cup sugar dissolved in one cup of water. We usually make larger batches and keep on hand in the refrigerator.

Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Steve Carlson

    I planted a kalamansi tree because of this posting, and I just love these little fruit. The tree just buds and fruits and buds and fruits and buds and fruits. It’s non-stop. I’ve found my favorite kalamansi drink is quite simple — squeeze one into a diet coke, on the rocks. It’s absolutely perfect.

  2. Rachel

    Vodka AND gin? This drink looks and sounds amazing. Thanks for posting!

  3. Jesse

    I’m jealous!!! When will it be my turn!

  4. Irene

    Those photos are fantastic! Any chance you know a good lychee cocktail recipe?

  5. Sandie

    Gorgeous + Cocktails = I’ll take 2!

    I just love it when you feature cocktails in addition to your recipes. I always think about featuring more cocktails myself, but never seem to get around to it. Maybe less baking and more drinking is in order? 🙂 Happy 2009 Todd & Diane!

  6. Cakelaw

    A fun post – love it!

  7. Kristen

    Those shooters sound tasty! I have never craved alcohol with any of my other pregnancies, but this one I’m craving a stiff drink so badly! These would be good right about now!

  8. Chez US -

    Not sure what Kalamansi juice is, but these look great & are probably refreshing on a HOT day! Great catching up with you the other day! Chat soon!

  9. mikky

    great photography… cheers!!! 🙂

  10. Mochachocolatarita

    Jealous jealous jealous jealous…..
    Oh my, I am imagining what kinda drink we’d make if we ever meet up…maybe I’ll make you drink Kecap Manis flavored cocktails muuuaahahahahaha


    *drinking Dr.Manggy’s cocktails*

  11. Marc @ NoRecipes

    Looks great, I imagine these limes taste different/better than regular limes? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them before.

  12. Andrea

    What a great cocktail and fantastic photos!

  13. Jesse

    T & D, I am SO SORRY that we were unable to meet up while I was back in LA!!! Ahh, I’m still kicking myself for missing the chance to see the wonder couple live in action! *sobs* Well anyway, I hope this message finds you well, and here’s to a rich, lively 2009.

    (Speaking of which, I MIGHT be back in February for a short while to sort out Pemby’s final papers and whisk him back to Oxford with me. Maybe we can arrange something then!)

  14. anya

    Folks, you are the boozyade angels, do you know that? 🙂

    Here is to a peacuful and also adventurous New Year to you!

  15. joey

    A fan of Mark here too! We live in the same country and I haven’t met him but perhaps will track him down one day (hehe)! Those shooters look delicious! I love fresh kalamansi juice 🙂

  16. Food Woolf

    Oh boy, those kalamansi look soooooo good and juicy! I want to taste! Can’t wait to go to the farmer’s market and find me a handful to make this tempting drink!

  17. Heather

    mmmm. those look so good! i love a creative cocktail. yours are beautiful!

    diane – are we still on for your galavanting article? let me know! H

  18. Becky

    this cocktail looks so quenching. i’ve actually only had one drink with kalamansi lime before, but i remember it was delicious. definitely going into my mental recipe box.

  19. Nate

    Nice! I don’t often see kalamansi around here…maybe I’m not looking in the right places. It goes great on grilled fish.

  20. alina

    Sounds delicious….all of them! Love the free-spirited humor on your blog and the mouth-watering food stories. I lived in California a few years ago, and your blog makes me nostalgic!

  21. Marvin

    I’m sad we couldn’t all have met at the same time that day! But Mark was a blast to hang out with wasn’t he? And great looking cocktails, as usual. Kalamansi juice is the best!

  22. Toni

    Hi Diane and Todd – I think I’ll take all 3 of those cocktails, thank you very much. It’s been a long time since I’ve been here, but each time I come, I find my mouth watering. And I THINK I emailed you and thanked you for the cinnamon, but just in case I didn’t, THANKS! I’ve been using it regularly in my chai and loving it!

  23. mallory elise

    haha! what a great story, i love it when bloggers meet 🙂 makes me feel like less of a creeper! hehe. those things look more like kumquats…cute photos!

  24. Jonathan Looi

    the cocktail looks great… may I have a glass?

    btw, I’m trying to drop you an mail at TD at whiteonricecouple, but the mail did bounce back state mail box full. :p …. Do you mind to drop us a line? Thanks.

  25. maggie

    Oh, yum. Wish I had a garden full of those things…

  26. robin // caviar and codfish

    Gorgeous shooters!! Jim and I have just started to get into cocktail recipes… this sounds amazing. Just gotta find myself from kalamansi. Thanks guys.

  27. Manggy

    Ho ho ho! It’s 30 minutes from my FIRST interview EVah and I find this! (What am I doing surfing before the big day?) Aww, pshaw, you guys are too kind/generous with the praise… Just the thing for before the interview, heh heh. Wish me luck!
    I was actually wondering how different this cocktail would look with our usual kalamansi colors (green) but using orangeish fruit, it has an eerie, beautiful glow! And GREAT shot too guys!
    Thanks again for showing me a great time and feeding me delicious food (urp) all those, uh, 3 months ago 😉 I hope we’ll meet up again someday 🙂

  28. Kitt

    How fun! Just what the doctor ordered.

    Where the heck do you find those limes? Oh wait, let me guess … your back yard? Kumquats would make a cute garnish, too, maybe.

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