Florida Cocktail

Citrus fruit cocktail

Try this traditional and seasonal recipe for a Florida Cocktail. Tastes delicious and will kick their appetite into readiness for the main meal. It’s bursting with citrus goodness too!


  • 2 oranges
  • 2 grapefruits
  • 25g sugar


  • Cut both of the grapefruit in half and remove the segments then place in a bowl.
  • Cut the top and bottom off each orange then cut out each segment so the flesh is released, leaving the pith between the slices.
  • Add the orange segments to the grapefruit.
  • Strain the juice into a saucepan, add the sugar and slowly heat to make a syrup. Pour over the fruit segments and mix gently. Leave to cool then refrigerate.
  • Divide the fruit and syrup between the glass serving dishes.

Top Tips

  • This recipe can also be made with satsumas or clementines so younger children can help. They can be peeled easily and there is less need to remove the white pith.
  • Don’t overheat the syrup mixture, it only needs enough heat for the sugar to dissolve.
  • For added effect,, run a halved lemon around the rims of the serving dishes before dipping in caster sugar. When dried it will give a frosted effect.

Alternatives to try

  • Use white, red and pink grapefruit for a more colourful result!
  • Sprinkle the finished cocktail with pomegranate seeds for a seasonal touch.
  • Top each cocktail with a sprig of mint before serving.
  • Try adding kiwi fruit or chunks of melon.
See Also
Fruit smoothies
Autumn Fruit Smoothies
Witches Brew Smoothies
Witches’ Brew Smoothies