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Cocktail Hour: It's all About Refreshing Citrus Cocktails This Summer

This 3 ingredient vodka cocktail is sweet, vibrant, and packs a punch

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By House & Garden South Africa | October 26, 2023 | Recipes

As South Africans start venturing back into the outdoors to soak up the balmy spring weather, cocktails return as the daytime drink of choice as consumers respond to the growing popularity of the cocktail culture. This trend reflects the evolving tastes of those seeking refreshing and versatile beverages that perfectly complement the season's sunny vibe. But why is vodka is winning the hearts and minds of consumers? Why does it continue to be a firm favourite as the go-to daytime drink? (especially in the spring of 2023).

The clean, crisp profile of vodka has emerged as the ideal base for crafting a variety of refreshing cocktails, making it the preferred choice for daytime enjoyment.

Here’s how to make a citrus summer cocktail


50ml Premium citrus vodka of your choice

150ml orange juice

A splash of cranberry juice

An orange wedge or two orange slices

3 ice cubes


In a cocktail shaker, combine your citrus vodka, orange juice, and cranberry juice, and shake to combine

Place the ice cubes, then the orange wedge or slices into the bottom of a highball glass before pouring cocktail mixture.

Garnish with a twisted orange peel for zest, or fresh cranberries for a burst of colour and flavour.