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Citrus is the star of many cocktail recipes. But it’s always orange juice that is showcased in cocktails. Why not tangerine juice?

glass of tangerine juice against white background with fresh tangerines peeled

Living in Florida, I’m definitely surrounded by tons of citrus plants. We’re blessed to have more available than just oranges and grapefruit.

However, tangerines aren’t just found in Florida anymore. Their unique sweet taste is becoming more popular, and I’m guessing you probably have tangerine juice available in your grocery store. Noble Juice is a favorite of mine, since the fruit is grown and processed right here in Florida. 

Buying local is important to me. Especially citrus grown in the United States, where the crops are abundant. (Check labels – many citrus juices are grown in South America and shipped to the U.S. even though Florida grows a ridiculous amount of citrus. PLUS, they tend to use flavor packs which are not good. Read more about flavor packs in orange juice.)

In fact, you can visit some orange juice processing facilities in Florida as a tourist attraction, such as this Florida’s Natural Grove House Visitor Center in Lake Wales.

Difference Between an Orange and a Tangerine

What is the difference between a Florida orange and a Florida tangerine?

Oranges are great for juicing, and are bigger, with a tougher peel.

Tangerines are actually closely related to mandarin oranges, with a smaller size than most oranges and easier to peel and split apart.

Ripe tangerines with leaves and slices on white background

Tangerines have that familiar orange citrus taste, with just a little bit of a twist. 

This small but mighty citrus fruit can be used in a variety of ways, including cooking with it.

Related: Bet You Didn’t Know This Surprising Health Fact About Citrus Juice Acidity

Fresh juice of ripe mandarins in a small glass with striped straw

Tangerine Juice Cocktails

Tangerine Gin Fizz

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1/3 cup tangerine juice
  • Sparkling wine (such as champagne, cava, moscato, etc.)
  • Lime garnish (optional)

Directions

Mix gin and tangerine juice together in serving glass. Add sparkling wine to taste (as much or as little as you’d like).

Garnish with a wedge of lime on the rim of the glass.

Tangerine Mimosa

Ingredients

  • Tangerine juice
  • Sparkling wine (such as champagne, cava, moscato, etc.)
  • Large maraschino cherries (optional)

Directions

Mix one part tangerine juice with two parts sparkling wine or sparkling white grape juice in a glass (don’t stress about the exact amounts).

Garnish with a maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass, if desired.

Tangerine Lime Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. lime juice
  • 2 oz. tangerine juice
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 4 oz. lemon lime soda (I like naturally sweetened sodas such as Zevia)
  • Crushed Ice

Directions

Mix lime juice, Florida tangerine juice, gin and soda together. Pour over crushed ice.

Want to make it a punch? Add a scoop of sherbet or sorbet.

glass of tangerine juice with fresh fruit on table against white background

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Alyson

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

This is SO good! Gin cocktails are the best. ;)

Kimberly Button

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

Agreed!

Mikki

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

They all look so delicious!! Especially that Mimosa!!

Kimberly Button

Thursday 3rd of December 2015

It was...I had to taste test ;)