This double tangerine sidecar cocktail was originally published in 2010. It’s an oldie but goodie! 

 Double Tangerine Cocktail Recipe

Tangerine Sidecar Cocktail Recipe

We’ve been pounced with rain for well over a week now. The unforgiving rain turned our roads into raging rivers and the dark clouds shut out the sun for about 5 days straight. That’s a rarity in Southern California, to not see the sun for so long. Now we know what the rest of the country feels like! Yes, we’re spoiled. The only ones in our household really complaining about all the water are our dogs, who get limited outdoor romp time. Dante & Sierra practically have to be forced to go outside to do their duty. We won’t be surprised if they get bladder infections. Ha, they’re wimpy city dogs.

All our lettuce and green seedlings are living it up with all the extra water. And our fruit trees LOVE all this water. After the rains, all the citrus trees seem to get a huge growth spurt and new flowers start to appear. Rain water is like crack for them, not to mention a nice, needed shower.

Mandarin Tree for Tangerine Cocktail

bowl of tangerines

Fresh Tangerine Juice

Our Fremont Tangerine (mandarin) tree is starting to explode with color. During the fall, the all the green fruit dotting practically every inch of the branches were camouflaged amongst all the leaves. But recently after all the rains and a few moments of bright sunshine, the fruit are quickly turning color to a fantastic orange hue. Some areas get snowballs this time of year, we get tangerines. That means it’s time for this tangerine sidecar cocktail recipe.

Post rain fruit is always spectacular and terrifically sweet. It’s a tradition for us to run outside and eat the deepest colored citrus. The fresh, bright, addicting sweet-tangy flavors are the best reward after being cooped up in the house during rain. Here’s one of our favorite cocktails to make with the tangerines, simply named Double Tangerine. It’s always a toss up whether to make this cocktail or a Kentucky Sidecar.  This one is heavier on the tangerine and the Kentucky Sidecar has a nice kick with the whiskey.

-Todd & Diane

tangerine tree

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Double Tangerine Cocktail Recipe - Tangerine Sidecar Cocktail

We usually make this with a ginger simple syrup (slices of fresh ginger infused into the batch of simple syrup) but it is quite good with a regular simple syrup. Adjust the simple syrup quantity to taste and by the sweetness of the tangerines.
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  • 3 ounces (90ml) (@2 tangerines) fresh Tangerine Juice
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Cognac or Bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce (20ml) Ginger Simple Syrup or regular simple syrup *see note below
  • superfine sugar for coating rim (optional)


  • If desired, rub the rim of a chilled cocktail glass with a tangerine wedge & sugar the rim. Set aside.
  • Put the tangerine juice, lemon juice, cognac or bourbon, and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice, then shake it with passion for 15-20 seconds.  Strain into your cocktail glass.  Garnish if desired.


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 over the stovetop. Allow to cool and use as needed. We usually make larger batches and keep on hand in the refrigerator.
For the ginger variation, add several slices of fresh ginger into the sugar/water mix when dissolving. Remove the ginger before using.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 195kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 14mg, Potassium: 180mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 24g, Vitamin A: 216IU, Vitamin C: 32mg, Calcium: 19mg, Iron: 1mg

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