Looking through past posts, I realized that Roots and Sol was really lacking in the beverage department. I mean, salads and roasted veggies obvi have a huge place in my heart, but so do fun drinks! Recently, I’ve been experimenting a lot with roasting citrus, which is a total game changer, and I created this Roasted Citrus Cocktail. So easy, customizable, and a great way to make it look like your craft cocktail game is on point when you’re entertaining.
All about Balance
Although I pride myself on healthy eating and treating my body as my temple, having a craft cocktail, glass of wine, or a cold beer is a regular occurrence for me. To be honest, most booze has a place in this temple. Also, let’s get real… I live in Chicago! The main attractions and social events revolve around food and drink. Bless this beautiful city for making it the norm to eat and drink to my heart’s content. Where I don’t feel judged bringing falafel into a BYOF bar or bringing multiple bottles of wine to a BYOB restaurant… for a dinner with one other person. TRULY a special place.
I am notoriously bad at making cocktails. Unfortunately, my cooking prowess does not extend into the world of booze, even after years of working in the service industry. Sad, I know. But I’m workin’ on it! And I deserve some snaps for this Roasted Citrus Cocktail because it actually tastes good… like really good. If you try hard enough, you can make anything happen— profound and wise words to live by, I know.
The most important part of this cocktail recipe is the juice from all the beauteous citrus fruit. I was hoarding grapefruit for no apparent reason, and I really needed to use them up. A few rogue limes and lemons were also hanging around, so I decided to do what I do best and roast them all. If I accomplish one thing in life, I hope it’s that I turn people onto the wonders of roasting things. I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out, but I discovered that it takes away a lot of the tartness and brings out more of the sweetness. Why is this not a thing yet?!!!!
One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s really up to you what kind of citrus, alcohol or other flavors you want to use. And this can easily be made into a “mocktail”, sans alcohol. I crafted this beauty at 10 AM intending for it to be a mocktail, but after I was done it had definitely turned into a cocktail.. It’s fine tho. These are a few easily roastable citrus options and some other flavors that come to mind:
Citrus– blood orange, meyer lemon, pomelo, navel orange, tangerine
Herbs & spices– basil, rosemary, mint, turmeric
Booze– tequila, rum, gin
I hope you enjoy my first successful cocktail creation as much as I did, and if you create any awesome new flavor combos I would love to hear about them. Cheers!
- 1 medium grapefruit
- 1 large lemon
- 1 large lime
- 1.5 oz. vodka
- Soda water
- Salted, rim (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 400℉.
- Wash citrus and cut in half. Place one half of each fruit on a baking tray.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until fragrant and slightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Squeeze the fresh citrus and the cooled roasted citrus into a bowl using a strainer to catch any seeds or pulp.
- To assemble the cocktail, first salt the rim if you desire then fill the glass with ice. Add 3 Tbsp. of the citrus juice and 1.5 oz. vodka (or not, or whatever kind of alcohol you prefer). Top with soda water and stir.