Lemon and Lime

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Add a refreshing hit of citrus to your cocktails for added flavour and verve

Citrus fruit such as limes, lemons and oranges help in digestion and add a bright freshness to your day. Packed with vitamin C, why not make it a cocktail? Citrus cocktails are some of the most popular in the bar.

Lime Margarita

1 oz tequila

1/2 oz Triple Sec

1 oz lime juice, fresh squeezed

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Sea salt

Lime wedge

Crushed ice or ice cubes

Salt the glass: take a lime wedge and rub it around rim of the glass. Turn the glass upside down and press into a saucer of salt.

Shake the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and sugar in a shaker and pour over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

Sexy Lemon Slam

3/4 oz vodka

1/4 oz triple sec

1/4 oz lemon juice

1/4 tsp sugar

Place a small sugar coated lemon wheel (approx.1/4 in.thick) into the bottom of an old-fashioned glass. Pour ingredients into a stainless steel shaker with ice, shake until completely cold, and pour into the prepared old-fashioned glass. Sip or slam.

Tangerine Cocktail

1/2 oz vodka

1/2 oz Cointreau orange liqueur

1/2 oz Mandarine Napoleon orange liqueur

1/2 oz amaretto almond liqueur

1 oz mandarin juice

1 tsp grenadine syrup

Shake and strain into a champagne saucer filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry, add a short straw, and serve.

Pomelo-Mint Mojito

4 peeled sections of pomelo, chopped

6 mint leaves

2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate

1 ½ oz white rum

1 lime wedge

Ice

Club soda

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the pomelo with the mint and orange juice concentrate. Add the rum and ice and shake well. Pour into a highball glass. Top with club soda and garnish with the lime wedge.

How to buy limes and lemons

Look for fruit that are firm and heavy for their size, with bright, colourful skins. Avoid fruit with bruised, wrinkled or discoloured skins; this indicates the fruit is old or has been stored incorrectly. Citrus fruit peel may vary in thickness, depending on weather conditions during the growing season. Most citrus will keep at room temperature for several days. For best results, store citrus in a plastic bag or the crisper drawer of your refrigerator.

Tips for squeezing limes and other citrus

1 Use a reamer or other citrus juicer. Whether you use a simple wooden reamer, a hand juicer or a citrus squeezer, some sort of gadget will help you get more juice than using your hands alone.

2 Stick it in the microwave. A good 20 to 30 seconds on high helps the citrus juice flow more easily, especially if you’re taking the fruit straight from the fridge. After microwaving, let it cool for a minute before juicing.

3 Roll it against the counter. Rolling helps to burst open some of the individual segments inside limes and lemons so it’s easier to get at the juice. It’s like pre-juicing.

4 Cut it lengthwise. Although this doesn’t extract more juice if you’re using a reamer or juicer, cutting the fruit lengthwise instead of crosswise makes it easier to grip and squeeze if you are juicing with your hands alone. Cutting a little off center also helps to cut through some of the section membranes.

5 Use a fork. If all else fails and you’re convinced there’s still juice to be had, try twisting the citrus segment around a fork. The tines will help to break open any remaining bits of pulp.