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I’m definitely glad, as I’m sure you are, that the big freeze has finally ended here in the U.S. and we can have reasonable temps again. Unfortunately, the hard freeze all but ended the the allotted time to pick fresh citrus from our citrus trees down here in Louisiana, barring a few surprises here and there. Luckily, a few waitresses on our staff were able to harvest most of their satsumas and shared them with us at The Cabin Restaurant! And in true enterprising fashion, our staff was able to concoct two delicious Cajun-style cocktails with them: a Satsuma Cosmo and a Satsuma Hurricane. Both drinks are delightfully refreshing, especially on a mild Louisiana winter day when the temps stretch to about 70. (Note: In Louisiana, we have several types of citrus trees – grapefruit, orange, Meyer lemon, blood orange, etc. – and any of these fruits can be substituted for a satsuma. The key is to get that fresh, off-the-tree fruit for maximum flavor).

Satsuma CosmoSatsuma Cosmo
Make 1 drink

1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz triple sec
3/4 oz cranberry juice
Juice of 1 fresh Louisiana Satsuma (save 2-3 wedges for garnish)

Pour the vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and satsuma juice into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

Satsuma HurricaneSatsuma Hurricane
Makes 1 drink

2 oz light rum
2 oz dark rum
2 oz passion fruit juice
2 oz fresh satsuma juice
1 Tablespoon simple syrup
1 Tablespoon grenadine
Garnish: satsuma slice

Pour all but the juices, in order listed, into a hurricane glass half-filled with ice. Fill with satsuma and serve. Garnish with 1 satsuma wedge