The Story Behind The Winter Citrus

There is something about the flavor and color of winter citrus that makes everything happy and bright — even when it is cold, gray, and possibly snowing outside.

There are so many varieties in season, too, like blood oranges, mandarins, and tangelos. I found some super-delicious tangelos and lemons at my local market and paired their juices with honey syrup and sparkling wine in this bubbly winter cocktail. It’s built in the glass, so it’s super easy to prepare for a crowd.


  • 1 ½ ounces of gin
  • 1 ounce of tangelo juice
  • ½ ounce of honey syrup (recipe follows)
  • ½ Meyer lemon juice
  • Top with Prosecco
  • Garnish: citrus peel and cherries (optional)


  1. Add all ingredients except Prosecco to a wine glass with ice.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Top with Prosecco and stir again, and then add garnishes (if using).

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Updated: 2020-08-24

Honey Syrup Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Honey Syrup Directions

  1. Add honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir to combine.
  2. Bring to a simmer and stir until honey dissolves.
  3. Cool mixture and store, covered, in refrigerator.
Put lemons, blood oranges, clementines, and other winter citrus to work in this bright, refreshing spritz. Get the recipe here.