We have discovered the joy of freshly-squeezed juice as part of our mixed drinks. Orange juice is my favorite, although I'm sure I could be convinced by just about any fresh ingredient that you brought to my attention. The drink that you see above is freshened with freshly-squeezed heirloom (!!!) oranges we picked up at our local market, and boy, does that make for a tasty libation. Garnished with a cut orange, and I'd swear we were out for a fancy night on the town instead of at home in our slippers.
Freshly-Squeezed Orange Juice Cocktail
Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free
2 iced cubes
1 shot vodka
1 shot papaya nectar
1/2 shot pomegranate/cranberry juice
2 2/3 shots Hansens tonic water (which has actual sugar instead of corn syrup)
1/4 squeezed orange
orange slices for garnish
Place iced cubes into a rocks glass. Cover with rest of ingredients. Swirl once or twice, then enjoy.