Surrey Street Treats: Christmas clementine cocktails

By - Wednesday 23rd December, 2015

Karen Cartwright gives a Christmas cocktail a citrus twist

I love to use traditional ingredients in a new and refreshing way. It certainly doesn’t get much more Christmassy than the smell of fresh clementines in Croydon’s 750 year old street market! Right now these popular little fruits are just £1 per bowl throughout Surrey Street.

Clementine Sour

Ingredients from the market:

2 clementines (juiced)

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

50ml bourbon

25ml cointreau

Splash amaretto

Splash bitters


Pour the bourbon, cointreau and clementine juice into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Pour a splash of amaretto into a chilled coupe and swirl around to cover inside of the glass. Strain cocktail ingredients into the coupe and add a splash of bitters. I garnished with a physalis flower (also available from Surrey Street right now) but clementine peel works well too!

Clementine Prosecco

Ingredients from the market:

6 clementines

Half a lemon

Ingredients from the kitchen:

100g caster sugar

Ingredients from the drinks cabinet:

Splash of Aperol or Campari


In a pan, mix together the juice of the clementines and ½ lemon with the caster sugar. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring all the time until the sugar has dissolved. Increase the heat and bubble the mixture for 5 minutes until syrupy. Leave to cool, then chill.

To serve, pour a little of the chilled clementine syrup into champagne flutes, followed by a dash of Campari or Aperol. Top up with chilled Prosecco and stir gently.

Now all that’s left is for you to drink a festive toast with your Surrey Street treat!

Karen Cartwright

Karen Cartwright

Karen Cartwright is a long-term Croydon resident, business owner and mum of two. Karen spends her days and nights running two businesses: Beanies (a children’s café in the Whitgift Centre) and Project B (a bar and events venue in Old Town) with her two business partners. With all that going on it’s no wonder Karen’s biggest passion in life is cocktails!

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