The Spontaneous Cocktail

Tangeine StandinOctober means crisp mornings, warm days  and lots of orange, and we’re craving a cocktail that fits both the weather and the vibe as we transition  to the holidays.  We threw down a spontaneous challenge: friends  skilled at both consuming and creating cocktails were invited over at 5 o’clock and given the task of creating/approving a cocktail for sunset toasting.  

This was a spontaneous party and a tasting event all in one, with only one required ingredient: fresh tangerine juice.

With the citrus base we auditioned vodka, white rum, and ruled out tequila and bourbon before settling on gin. The most seasoned mixologist of our group (Rad Person Jack Bowen) thoughtfully collected an intriguing variety of ingredients, shook things up and adjusted after each batch tasting. You can imagine the challenge this put on the Tangerine Troop-so many glasses, so much tasting, lots of  discussion-but they met the challenge, no detail too small (one dash of bitters or two?) each adding a little something to the next round.

While we did unanimously agree on the final cocktail (Jessica called it “perfection) we could not agree on a name, so here it is:

Tangerine Jack
The Spontaneous Cocktail

  • 0.5 oz fresh tangerine juice
  • 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz gin (we prefer Boodles)
  • 0.5 oz St Germain
  • 0.25 oz thyme simple syrup
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 0.25 oz egg white

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 5-6 large ice cubes.  “Shake vigorously until frothy,” recommends Howard and strain into a martini glass. Finish by twisting a lemon rind over the glass and sweep the rim. Garnish with a flower from the garden. Gather your troop and salute the sunset.

As an added bonus, the tangerine juice is perfect for the next morning’s brunch- mix with champagne and a splash of grenadine and your day will be off to a great start.

Assemble a group of friends spontaneously and enjoy this delicious drink or name a required ingredient and let the creativity begin-either way you can’t go wrong by inviting a little spontaneity into your life.  Cheers!

P.S.  What would you name this cocktail?

One thought on “The Spontaneous Cocktail

  1. What a great afternoon! As for names, I’m going with “The Spontaneous C”…captures your original name and the fun of the drink (tangerine juice!) with a hint of mystery and intrigue (just like the absinthe and orange bitters).


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