This Tangerine Champagne cocktail is a delicate, yet impactful sipper with the delicious punch of tangerine juice and Grand Marnier mixed with bubbly.
Just like when you bite into a juicy tangerine, that burst of intense orange flavor floods your taste buds when you sip this cocktail. It’s one of the most flavorful.
Ingredients in a Tangerine Cocktail
This cocktail combines tangerine juice (fresh is always best), Grand Marnier, and Champagne.
Yes, you will need to juice a few tangerines for this drink, but believe me it’s well worth it. I used about 5-7 tangerines per cocktail. How many you use really depends on how juicy they are.
I use Grand Marnier for the orange liqueur because it’s rich and sweet without being overpowering. However, you can also use Cointreau or Triple Sec.
The Champagne doesn’t need to be the most expensive bottle. You can go with a Brut or something a bit sweeter, if you like. I’ve substituted with Prosecco and Cava before. It does change the cocktail due to sweetness levels, but it’s definitely acceptable.
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How to Make a Tangerine Cocktail
Juice the tangerines and strain the juice from the pulp. For a crystal clear cocktail, you need to strain the juice through a very fine sieve.
Mix the tangerine juice with the Grand Marnier. Chill it for 30 minutes to make sure it’s very cold. Pour it into your coupe glass.
Top it up with Champagne. Add a tangerine peel to the glass, for garnish. Done.
Can I Substitute the Tangerines?
You can use any type of mandarin oranges – tangerines, satsumas, or clementines (aka halos or cuties). While they have some slightly different properties, they taste very similar.
If you absolutely can’t find any mandarines, you can substitute orange juice but it won’t have the same intense flavor that the tangerines produce.
If you buy juice, look for one that’s well strained, containing no pulp.
OTHER COCKTAILS TO TRY
The luscious flavor of tangerine combined with Champagne bubbles.
- 2 oz tangerine juice (5-7 tangerines)
- .5 oz Grand Marnier
- 1 oz Champagne or sparkling wine
- Mix the tangerine juice with the Grand Marnier. Chill until very cold. Pour into a coupe glass.
- Top up with Champagne. Add a tangerine peel for garnish.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g
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