Fresh Orange Juice is not only good for you, but it tastes incredibly good. Whether you like yours all natural and full of pulp, or pulp-less, the sweet and tangy delicacy is undeniable. It can be used to spice up and sweeten just about any mixed drink and adds a touch of pizzazz to your Saturday night get together.
Fresh orange juice, although seemingly simple, comes in a vast number of different styles and varieties. You can purchase it at any grocery store with so many different brands and styles that can be somewhat overwhelming. Choosing from homestyle with lots of pulp to varieties that have less sugar, it really is up to your own preference and sometimes your imagination. If you are in a pinch, purchasing it pre-made at the grocery store is convenient and the easiest way to go.
If, however, you have the time, making your own fresh orange juice can add that additional "touch" to your get together. It takes no additional ingredients to whip up, just oranges and a juicer. Orange juice goes with just about any spirit that you are serving, so making sure to always have some behind the bar is a good way to make sure that you are covered for all tastes. It also mixes well with about any other fruit juice to just give it that additional sweetness.
Fresh orange juice cocktails are about as old as mixed drinks themselves. There are some tried and true favorites
Fresh orange juice and vodka
Tequila, grenadine and orange juice
Peach schnapps and orange juice
Schnapps rum, Blackberry brandy, orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice
Vodka, Southern Comfort, amaretto, sloe gin, orange juice
Or some new twists on the old favorites
Tequila, Blackberry rum, Tropical pineapple coconut liqueur, pineapple juice, orange juice
Dark rum, light rum, orange juice, cranberry juice, pineapple juice
Black eye susan
Bourbon, orange juice
Tequila, orange juice, lime juice, orange liqueur
Cherry brandy, orange juice, lime wedge
Vanilla vodka, triple sec, orange juice, half and half
Tequila, orange liqueur, limoncello, sour mix, orange juice
Gin, dry vermouth, orange juice
Gin, apricot brandy, calvados, orange juice
No matter what kind of party you are planning, fresh orange juice is the perfect ingredient to add a little sweetness. Whether you are going with the old drink favorites or want to inject a new twist, your guests will enjoy the uniqueness and fun of something out of the ordinary.
In this time of economic turmoil, fresh orange juice is not only sweet, but inexpensive. All you need to make it is oranges, that's all. If you have a couple of oranges that are just a little older than you like, just juice them up and make some cocktails, it will be an unexpected pick me up to a surprise weekend BBQ.