Mama Needs A Cutie Martini

Oh, how I love the Oscars....while sipping a good martini!  Today I offer up two cocktails to enjoy on Oscar Sunday.  Both involve the use of Cuties, those super sweet mandarin oranges that are a mainstay right now in my house.  My kids love them!  Well, they work great in cocktails, too!  A word of caution:  cuties are much more concentrated and potent than regular oranges, so in the recipes below, follow the measurements.  If you end up wanting it a little more "orange infusion", you can always add more at the end. 

 
Cutie Champagne Cocktail
 
3-4 cuties, juice squeezed in a juicer (chilled in the fridge before you juice them)
1/2 ounce cointreau (preferred) or campari
Your favorite champagne (chilled)
 
In a champagne glass, add the cointreau and then fill with champagne until it's about 2/3 full.    Finally, top off with the cutie juice.  Garnish with raspberries or a strawberry.  Enjoy!

 
Cutie Martini
 
3-4 cuties, juice squeezed in a juicer (chilled in the fridge before you juice them)
2 ounces mandarin vodka (I like Absolut Mandarin)
1/2 ounce cointreau or campari
Ice
 
In a cocktail shaker, add ice and all ingredients.  Shake well.  Serve in a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a strawberry, if desired.  Enjoy!

 
 
 

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