I don’t know about you but from looking at the weather map there seems to be a lot of cold, winter weather out there. Luckily, hunting around the web I found a couple of citrus inspired cocktails. Since I live in citrus country these looked great! So if you’re still looking at several more weeks of cold, I hope one of these reminds you spring is just around the corner.

Sunny Cocktails – Mid-Week Mixers

blood orange mimosas
Blood Orange Mimosa Pitcher Cocktail
Juice and strain 10 to 12 blood oranges or use 2 1/2 cups blood orange juice
Add one 750-ml bottle of your favorite chilled dry sparkling wine
Garnish with 8 to 10 pieces blood orange peel

Pour the blood orange juice into a large pitcher and keep chilled until ready to serve. Just before serving, pour in the chilled sparkling wine, and stir. Serve immediately with the blood orange twists for garnish.
citrus sangrias
Breakfast Sangria
1 pink grapefruit
1 navel orange
2 limes
1 cup of your favorite Triple Sec
1 750ml bottle of your favorite dry sparkling wine
12 to 24 ounces plain or grapefruit sparkling water

Slice the citrus fruit into half moons. Mix with the Triple Sec in a pitcher that holds at least quarts. Add the dry sparkling wine and cover the pitcher tightly with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.

When ready to serve, top off the pitcher with sparkling water and serve with lime or orange wedges.