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California Lovin' Cocktail Recipe

This drink resembles California in a cup. With the bright red-orange hue, it looks just like a California sunset, and makes you feel refreshed and happy just by looking at it.

With just 3 easy ingredients of orange juice, vodka, and grenadine, this California Lovin’ cocktail is just the right balance of tangy and sweet -- and perfect for Valentine's Day.

What I like best about this cocktail, other than the amazing flavor and color, is the simplicity and easiness. All you need to do is combine tjhree easy ingredients together in a large pitcher and stir. No special ingredients or techniques needed. Serve the drink, chilled, in a pretty glass and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to make such a delicious cocktail at home.

  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1/3 cup grenadine

To make the large batch of this California Lovin’ cocktail, place all the ingredients – orange juice, vodka, and grenadine – in a pitcher. Stir to combine.

This cocktail is meant to be served cold, so you can do one of the following:

  1. Have all the ingredients chilled before combining. 
  2. Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and chill the complete batch before serving.
  3. Serve the cocktail over ice. (In this option, the ice will melt with will water down the cocktail slightly, where as in the first 2 options this will not happen).

Serve chilled in a glass cup.

This recipe can be made a few hours in advanced.

Serves: 6-10 adults

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