This week’s cocktail is my favorite kind – it’s a reader submission! Sire originally sent his recipe in as a comment on our Tuaca Daiquiri recipe here, but I followed up because it sounded so good, I thought it was worthy of its own post.

“Inspired by Old Florida”

“Being a Floridian”, explained Sire, “I wanted to give props to my home state via a cocktail that’s a little different. Specifically old Florida.”

Known for its citrus (perhaps more in the past than today), this cocktail pays homage by incorporating just about every common citrus flavor there is. (Yes, even Grapefruit!)

“Take some fresh lemon and lime juice. Then put in a little simple. Add some Belvedere Pink Gapefruit vodka and some Bombay Sapphire gin. Add a little Tuaca.”… “It gives the drink that, ‘I’m not sure what it is, but it tastes good!’ reaction.”

He chose Belevedere Grapefruit because it’s a little less sweet than other Grapefruit vodkas out there, and Tuaca because its sweetness and vanilla helps balance out the citrus. Sapphire works nicely because it emphasizes the lemon flavor as well.

An Homage Well Done

Finish it off with a few drops of orange blossom water and a twist of orange, lime and grapefruit rind and you have – quite possibly – the most Old Floridian cocktail ever made!

Thanks again to Sire for taking the time to share his cocktail and send in some photos! I loved the recipe, it looks absolutely delicious.

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The Sunny Bunch

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  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup (or go up to ¾ oz as desired)
  • 1/2 oz Tuaca
  • 1 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
  • 1 oz Bombay Sapphire


  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  • Shake well.
  • Double-strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a grapefruit and lime twist and two drops of orange blossom water.