Sparkling Mandarin Citrus

As the Lunar New Year festivities come to a close, many of us find ourselves still surrounded by an abundance of vibrant mandarin oranges, symbols of good luck and prosperity. Rather than letting them languish, why not turn them into something truly delightful? This Sparkling Mandarin Citrus will be the quick fix that you need.

Ingredients needed for Sparkling Mandrian Citrus

  • Freshly Squeezed Mandarin Orange Juice: Start with the star of the show – mandarin oranges! These petite citrus fruits are renowned for their sweet, juicy flesh and aromatic peel. When freshly squeezed, mandarin orange juice bursts with vibrant flavor, infusing the drink with a delightful sweetness and citrusy essence. Look for ripe mandarin oranges that feel heavy for their size, indicating juiciness, and yield slightly to gentle pressure.
  • Calamansi : sometimes referred to as Philippine lime, adds a tangy twist to the drink with its bright acidity and subtle sweetness. Native to Southeast Asia, calamansi is prized for its intense citrus flavor and fragrant aroma. When juiced, calamansi imparts a refreshing zing that balances the sweetness of mandarin oranges, creating a harmonious flavor profile. While fresh calamansi may be challenging to find outside of its native region, bottled calamansi juice or a combination of lime and tangerine juice can serve as viable substitutes.
  • Sparkling Water: The effervescent sparkle of sparkling water brings a lively and invigorating quality to the drink. Opt for plain sparkling water with no added flavors or sweeteners to allow the natural citrus flavors to shine. The carbonation adds a refreshing fizz that tantalizes the taste buds and enhances the overall drinking experience. Make sure the sparkling water is well chilled before adding it to the drink to maintain its effervescence.
  • Ice Cubes: Ice cubes serve a dual purpose in the drink – they chill the beverage to perfection while also diluting it slightly to achieve the ideal balance of flavors. Use high-quality ice cubes made from filtered water to avoid imparting any unwanted flavors to the drink. Alternatively, consider freezing mandarin orange or calamansi juice into ice cubes for an extra burst of citrus flavor.
  • Optional: Fresh Mint for Garnish: For a finishing touch of elegance and aroma, garnish your Sparkling Mandarin Orange and Calamansi Drink with sprig of fresh mint. The cool, herbaceous notes of mint complement the citrusy flavors of the drink, adding a delightful pop of greenery and a subtle hint of freshness. Simply give the mint sprig a gentle bruising between your fingers before placing it atop the drink to release its aromatic oils.

Replacement for Calamansi

  • If you’re unable to find calamansi, you can substitute it with a combination of lime and tangerine juice to mimic its tartness and sweetness.
  • Similarly, if mandarin oranges are not readily available, you can use clementines or satsumas as a substitute, maintaining the drink’s signature citrusy essence.

Whether you stick to the classic combination of mandarin orange and calamansi or venture into the realm of citrus experimentation, the possibilities for creating a sensational sparkling drink are endless. Embrace the vibrant flavors of citrus fruits and let your creativity soar as you craft your own personalized concoction. Cheers to the joy of citrus exploration and the boundless delights it brings to your glass!

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Sparkling Mandarin Citrus


  • 200 ml of Freshly squeezed mandarin orange juice

  • 3 Calamansi, halved

  • 100 ml of Sparkling water

  • Ice cubes

  • Optional: a sprig of mint for garnish


  • Begin by juicing your mandarin oranges until you have a generous amount of fresh juice. The sweet, tangy aroma will instantly invigorate your senses.
  • Similarly, extract the juice from the calamansi, adding a unique and slightly more tart twist to the drink.
  • In a tall glass filled with ice cubes, pour in equal parts of the mandarin orange and calamansi juices. The combination of these two citrus flavors is both refreshing and zesty.
  • Top off the mixture with sparkling water, adding a delightful effervescence that dances on your palate with every sip.
  • Give the drink a gentle stir to ensure the flavors mingle harmoniously, creating a symphony of citrus notes.
  • For an extra touch of elegance, garnish your sparkling creation with a sprig of fresh mint, adding a pop of greenery and a hint of herbaceousness.
  • Serve your Sparkling Mandarin Citrus chilled and enjoy the burst of sunshine in every sip.

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