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Fresh Beet, Citrus + Ginger Cocktail

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

As an introvert, I always marvel at how much I embrace the bright, buoyant holiday merriment of this time of year. While I find myself craving moments of quiet to pause and reflect in the days leading up to the new year, I also can’t help but celebrate. This may be in part because my birthday is at the start of the month, and falling as it does between Thanksgiving and Christmas, it feels like a heady riot of jubilance and contemplation, a balancing act between the old and the new, the sleeping and the waking, the festivities and the rest all wrapped into one glorious, slightly messy, joyously chaotic time of year. It’s magical. 

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

Every year, I host a birthday holiday mash-up, a day where I can unabashedly celebrate my love for the season in the company of good friends and lots of yummy food and a toasty fire. And a huge Christmas tree. There is nothing I love more.

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

One of the many-splendored details of this season is its fresh, fleeting produce. The jewel-colored citruses are in full force, and while we may find pithy, mediocre oranges throughout the year, and beets of decent quality all twelve months, it is in these cold, dark months that they really shine. This was one of the reasons I started this blog: to give voice to produce in its season. And to find ways to celebrate the produce that can be hard to appreciate when our choices are slim. 

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

When Hangar 1 Vodka invited me to partner with them to create a seasonal cocktail in celebration of all of this, it was an easy yes. Based in California and rooted in the seasonality that is so much a part of our worldview here, it was an intuitive partnership. 

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

I wanted to get creative and play with something bold and red that wasn’t a cosmopolitan. We have been drinking a lot of freshly-pressed juice in my household, and it’s one of the ways that I enjoy beets most. I find that beets are often a polarizing vegetable and I understand why: their intensely sweet, earthy flavor can be overpowering. This cocktail incorporates just one ounce of beet juice into each drink, so it provides bold color and subtle flavor notes but doesn’t overpower. Paired with a generous splash of fresh lime and orange juices and a dash of bitters, and topped with a little sparkling water, it is super refreshing: perfect for a holiday brunch. 

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

Beet Citrus Cocktail 
Serves 6

In partnership with Hangar 1 Vodka’s vodka picking season campaign, here’s a bright, super seasonal cocktail to power you through holiday brunches, cocktail parties, and soirees. If you don’t have a juicer, look for beet juice at any well-stocked grocery store or your favorite local juice joint. It’s such a nice burst of bright, vibrant, fresh flavors in the winter! 

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

For the simple syrup: 

1 cup coarsely chopped, fresh ginger
1 cup water
1 cup natural cane sugar

For the cocktail:

9 ounces Hangar 1 Straight Vodka
3-5 medium beets, scrubbed and quartered (or find beet juice at the local grocery or juice shop)
6 limes, supremed and halved
3 oranges, supremed and quartered
6 ounces ginger simple syrup 
Dash of Angostura, orange, or other preferred bitters
Sparkling water
Crushed ice

First, make the ginger simple syrup. Combine the ginger, water, and cane sugar in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, covered, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 1/2 hour. Strain the contents and set the simple syrup aside to cool. (Place it in the fridge to speed the process up.) 

Run the beets through your juicer until you have 6 ounces of beet juice. Measure that out, and set aside. Run the limes and oranges through. Pour the citrus juices into a tall pitcher. Add the beet juice, 9 ounces of Hangar 1 Straight Vodka, 6 ounces of ginger simple syrup, and a few generous dashes of your favorite bitters. Stir. 

Add a small handful of crushed ice to each of 6 glasses. Fill the glasses about halfway with the cocktail mix, and top with a few ounces of sparkling water. Enjoy! 

This post was created in partnership with Hangar 1 Vodka.

Beet Citrus Cocktail | the year in food

  • Sara - Ooh, yummy!!! I love beets more and more all the time and the citrus-ginger combination has always been a winner for me. Very beautiful!

  • Chris - We were looking for a unique cocktail recipe for my good friend’s New Year’s Eve party and my girlfriend convinced me to try this one. I was skeptical of the beet juice but as advertised it adds subtle flavor and fantastic color. Combined with the ginger and lime it made a tasty drink that you couldn’t put down. It ended up being one of the most popular at the party!ReplyCancel

  • BestDietPlan - I love they way you present :) Thank you for sharingReplyCancel

  • Amy | Lemon and Coconut - I don’t drink alcohol these days but these looks so amazing, and you’re photo’s are just so upliftingly fantastic, I love the big array it’s so wonderful to see :)ReplyCancel

  • Giovanna - Love beets! This looks so refreshing, can’t wait to try it out. I have a blog that I think will resonate with you :) would love to get your feedback! xoxo

  • Hafsa - I love this cocktail. Blend of all my favorite fruits and beets are new for me to experience. I love your work and recipe. Keep sharing more recipes with us :)ReplyCancel

  • Low Carb Recipes - That overhead shot is amazing! Really cool mix of ingredients for a cocktail.ReplyCancel

  • Low Carb Dinners - Fresh beet juice in a cocktail is def SO good!!! Will tryReplyCancel

  • pamela - The presentation was nice. Thanks for sharingReplyCancel

  • Lady Janet - Hi, thanks for sharing this with us. This recipe looks fantastic. i think i have found something remarkable to prepapre for my kids this weekend. Awesome post, KudosReplyCancel

  • Jenn - I love it with many colors. I will try to make them today for myselfReplyCancel

  • thefolia - Cheers to a cheery red drink!ReplyCancel

  • James - This is a great post. I like this topic.ReplyCancel

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