While other parts of the country are inundated with snow and treacherous weather this time of year, we are knee-deep in citrus. Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, and lemons are ripening on our trees faster than we can pick or eat them, so what do we do? ‘Tis the season of anonymous fruit deliveries!

I remember cringing as my mother heaved yet ANOTHER bag of citrus that had been abandoned at our doorstep (probably under the cover of night) because it meant another week of grapefruit for breakfast, orange slices for snacks, and lemon-infused entrees for dinner. My mouth was in a constant pucker from January to March. To this day, I rarely eat citrus fruits because of my canker-sored childhood, but I certainly don’t mind a good citrus-based cocktail…the alcohol numbs the pain.


Gin                                  2 oz

Cranberry Juice                 2 .5 oz

Grapefruit Juice                 2 oz

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake for about 20 seconds. Pour the mixture into a tall glass of ice and garnish with a slice of grapefruit.