Winter Solstice Cocktail


December 21: Winter Solstice

‘Tis the season to toast the shortest day of the year with a Winter Solstice cocktail. The citrusy spirit is refreshing and it is fizzy and festive for holiday entertaining. Garnish this drink naturally with the Christmas colors of green and red (mint leaf and raspberry). Then bid farewell to fall and welcome winter with a Winter Solstice cocktail.


(Adapted from Martha Stewart)


  • 1 ½ ounces orange vodka (we used Clementine vodka)
  • ½ ounce orange-flavored liqueur (we used Triple Sec)
  • ½ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ice cubes
  • club soda, chilled
  • 1 mint leaf
  • raspberry


In a shaker, combine the orange vodka and orange-flavored liqueur, lemon juice and ice.


Shake well and pour into a highball or martini glass. Fill with club soda. Garnish with mint leaf and raspberry. Serve immediately.



  • Thanks to Cathy M. for giving us some Meyer lemons from her backyard for this cocktail recipe. She had an overabundance of fruit and they were huge and ripe this season.
  • In addition to or in lieu of the cocktail, celebrate the solstice with a wintery sweet soup, ginataan bilo-bilo, during the Dōng Zhì Festival.
  • Search our blog for other holiday beverages and recipes.