Drink Recipes

Mandarin Vodka Cocktail

mandarin vodka cocktail

My kids LOVE clementines. We look forward to them all year long, and I make sure to keep a stash in the fridge throughout the winter months. But I always figured . . . a clementine’s a clementine, right?


Halos mandarins (did you know that a clementine is actually a variety of Mandarin orange?) are incredibly sweet, delicious, seedless and easy to peel. They’re slightly bigger than the typical clementine and so yummy that I had to go out and buy another bag for this post because my kids ate the first bag before I could experiment with drink recipes! I love it when I discover a fabulous new brand through a sponsored post.

Mandarin oranges just scream winter to me so when I was send a bag of Halos Mandarins to try, my first thought was what a fun wintry cocktail these could make!

So I went to the liquor store, and would you believe they make Clementine Vodka? (Upon further investigation, they also make Mandrin Vodka, but I saw the Clementine and picked it up instead. I’m sure they are practically interchangeable in a recipe, though.)

I also picked up several kinds of juices to experiment with, and I came up with a few fun cocktails (it’s a tough job, y’all!!) This Mandarin Vodka Cocktail is my favorite.

All you need is vodka (clementine, Mandrin or Citron vodka will do — and actually, plain vodka probably works just as well), grapefruit juice, a Mandarin orange and some ice. Easy peasy!


You first muddle half a Mandarin orange with a muddler such as this OXO Steel Muddler.


crushed clementine

Then you add 3 ounces (2 jiggers) mandarin vodka. (I’m sure regular vodka would be fine too, but I thought this was fun!) Then 1.5 ounces (1 jigger) grapefruit juice.

clementine cocktail

Yeah, it packs a punch! Pour it into a pretty glass, and garnish with a slice of mandarin orange!

Mandarin cocktail

Mandarin orange cocktail

Mandarin orange cocktail recipe

Mandarin orange cocktail recipe

This festive, refreshing drink is perfect for holiday parties and get togethers. In fact, I’ll be taking it with me tonight! Here’s the recipe.

Mandarin-Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Jo-Lynne Shane
  • 1 Mandarin orange
  • 2 jiggers (3 ounces) Clementine Vodka
  • 1 jigger (1.5 ounces) Grapefruit Juice
  • ice
  1. Muddle 1/2 the Mandarin orange in bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add 3 ounces Clementine Vodka and 1.5 ounces grapefruit juice.
  3. Add ice; shake.
  4. Pour into martini glasses and garnish with a sprig of mint and a slice of Mandarin orange.
  5. Bottoms up!

 I created this post in partnership with Halos. 

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6 thoughts on “Mandarin Vodka Cocktail

  1. Love the pictures! I’m gonna try this TONIGHT! Looks delicious. I’m gonna utilize my Cuties and kick back for a Mom drink tonight. Thanks for sharing this!

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