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Last month, 120-year old international agribusiness Limoneira debuted its variegated pink lemon at the 2013 PMA Fresh Summit held in New Orleans. According to a recent release statement, the Southern California-based enterprise is currently “hard at work getting the pink lemon into the hands of consumers, just in time for the winter season.”
With the holidays and all the feasting and parties associated with them inching closer by the day, a nationwide panel of mixologists has crafted a host of exclusive cocktails, with each offering built around Limoneira’s pink lemon as its key component. Anyone seeking a tasty, eye-catching means of putting some polish on the drink options at their holiday party need look no further than these 11 imaginative mixed drinks.
1. Pink Lemon Rumble
1 bottle red wine; 150 ml strong tea; 100 ml pineapple juice; 80 ml rum; Juice of 1 pink lemon; 100 g sugar; 200 g pineapples and 50 ml sherry
Place the pineapple pieces in a punch bowl and pour the sherry over them. Chill for 2 hours. Place tea and sugar in a pot; add wine, juice of a pink lemon and rum. Heat but do not boil the mixture. Pour over the pineapple pieces and sherry.
2. Pinkee Plus
1 fifth vodka; 3 oz pink lemon juice; 9 oz cherries and 2 liters lemon-lime soda
Pour Maraschino cherries and their juice into a two-gallon jug. Add vodka and let soak for a few minutes. Add the pink lemon juice and fill with sprite. Pour mixture into a serving container and strain out cherries. Serve over ice, with cherries dropped in.
3. Pink Persuasion
1 oz tequila, 1 oz citrus vodka, 2 oz Limoncello lemon liqueur, ½ oz pink lemon juice and 3 oz lemon-lime soda
Fill shaker with ice and add ingredients. Shake a few times then pour into cocktail glass.
4. Pink Stinger
½ liter sweet sherry; ½ liter brandy; 3 oz triple sec; 3 oz maraschino liqueur; 2 liters champagne; 1 liter soda water; 6 oz juice of pink lemons and 5 oz sugar syrup
Add to punch bowl with sufficient ice to chill. Serve with sliced fruit.
2 oz gin; 2 oz of juice from pink lemon and ¾ oz grenadine syrup
Pour ingredients into a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well and pour into a lowball glass. Garnish with pink lemon slice.
6. Pink Goose
3 cups vodka, 5 cups homemade lemonade; 2 cups cranberry juice; 3 tbsp pink lemon juice; 4 cups ginger ale; 4 cups ice cubes; frozen cranberry for garnish and 1 pink lemon slice for garnish
Combine the lemonade, cranberry juice, pink lemon juice and vodka in a punch bowl and mix well. Just before serving, slowly pour in the ginger ale. Add the ice cubes. Garnish with the frozen cranberries and pink lemon slices; serve immediately.
7. Pink Thunder
1 oz melon liqueur; 1 oz peach liqueur; ½ oz pineapple juice; 3 strawberries; 1 mango chunk; 1 ½ oz vodka; 1 splash of juice of a pink lemon and 1 splash of crème de cassis
Mix everything in a blender with 5-6 ice cubes for 10 seconds. Pour into glass. Garnish with piece of pink lemon.
8. Pink Archipelago
2 oz white rum; 2-3 dashes grenadine syrup, 1 tsp powdered sugar and ½ oz pink lemon juice
Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
9. Rumba Rose
1 ½ oz lemon rum; 2 oz sweet and sour mix; ½ oz juice of a pink lemon and ½ oz cranberry juice
Shake and strain into a chilled, sugar-rimmed glass. Garnish with a slice of pink lemon.
10. Pink Tingle
1 oz Blue Curacao liqueur; 1 oz Jamaican dark rum; 1 oz grenadine syrup; 100 ml lemonade using pink lemons and ice cubes
Place ice in shaker, add all ingredients and shake well. Pour into shot glass to drink.
11. Packapink Punch
1 liter Applejack; 2 cups orange juice; 5 oz grapefruit juice; 2 oz grenadine syrup; ½ oz orange bitters; ½ oz pink lemon juice; 1 qt lemon-lime soda; 1 qt ginger ale; 1 slice orange and 1 sliced apple
Combine the Applejack, orange juice, grapefruit juice, pink lemon juice, grenadine and orange bitters in a large punch bowl and stir well. Add lemon-lime soda and ginger ale; stir again. Add one large block of ice. Garnish with pink lemon slice.
Limoneira is a dedicated sustainability company with approximately 8,000 acres of rich agricultural lands, real estate properties and water rights in California. The Company is a leading producer of lemons, avocados, oranges, specialty citrus and other crops that are enjoyed throughout the world. For more about Limoneira Company, visit www.limoneira.com.