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Scott Rounds
Jamie Vespa, MS, RD
January 10, 2018

Brighten up happy hour or Sunday brunch with this citrusy cocktail. Leafy carrot tops lend an herby backbone similar to parsley, and blood oranges infuse a berrylike sweetness. Plus, this drink boasts half your daily vitamin A and more than a third of your daily vitamin C goal.

Carrot-Citrus Crush

Muddle 2 tsp. carrot top leaves and 1 (2- in.) blood orange rind strip in a cocktail shaker using the handle of a wooden spoon. Add 1/2 cup 100% carrot juice, 1/3 cup fresh blood orange juice, 2 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur), and a handful of ice cubes to shaker; shake well for 15 seconds. Pour mixture through strainer into 2 ice-filled glasses. Garnish with a blood orange slice and carrot top leaves, if desired.

Get the Recipe: Carrot Citrus Crush

Make It a Mocktail

Omit vodka and triple sec. Add 2 more tablespoons blood orange juice and a dash of orange nonalcoholic bitters.