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Forward facing shot of two pink winter citrus crush cocktails garnished with sliced blood orange, tangelo, and a clear glass straw against a dark blue background

Winter Citrus Crush

This Winter Citrus Crush is a refreshing winter cocktail using all of the best winter citrus, vodka, a touch of lime juice, and orange liqueur! It's my take on the classic orange crush that I love so much, made even better with blood orange, grapefruit, and tangelo!

Course Beverage, Cocktail, Drink
Cuisine American
Keyword orange crush cocktail, orange crush recipe, winter citrus cocktail, winter citrus crush, winter cocktail recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail, is easily multiplied
Author Molly | Spices in My DNA

Ingredients

For the crush

  • 3 ounces winter citrus juice
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier*
  • 2 ounces lemon lime soda
  • sliced blood orange, tangelo, and/or grapefruit for garnish

For the winter citrus juice

  • juice of 1 blood orange
  • juice of 1 tangelo/minneola (if you can't find these, regular oranges, tangerines, or cara cara oranges work!)
  • juice of ½ a grapefruit

Instructions

For the crush

  1. Fill a large glass with crushed ice. Add a few ice cubes to a cocktail shaker. To the cocktail shaker, add the winter citrus juice, lime juice, simple syrup, vodka, and Grand Marnier. Shake for 20-30 seconds, then pour into your glass. Top with the lemon lime soda and stir to combine. Garnish with a slice of blood orange, grapefruit, and/or tangelo!

For the winter citrus juice

  1. Combine the blood orange juice, tangelo juice, and grapefruit juice in a bowl. Stir to combine.

Recipe Notes

*I prefer Grand Marnier over other orange liqueurs, but Triple Sec or Cointreau will work here!
*To make simple syrup, boil 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar until dissolved (about 30 seconds to 1 minute). Cool, store in the fridge, and use in cocktails! This will make more than you need for the recipe.
*If you want to make these pitcher-style for a crowd, I'd measure all of the crush ingredients out for how many people you want to make them for, add everything to a pitcher, and chill the mixture in the fridge. When you're ready to serve, add the crushed ice, and serve! You'd need to probably double or triple the winter citrus juice too, depending on how many people you're making them for!