Posted: January 23, 2014 in Cocktails, drink recipes, Drinks, mixology
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My wife’s aunt in Florida sends us an awesome gift every year. It’s a box of Cushman’s HoneyBells. They look like fiery red bell-shaped oranges, and they are the sweetest and juiciest fruit you will ever have! But they’re not really oranges at all.
honey bells
HoneyBells are a unique natural hybrid of Dancy Tangerine and Duncan Grapefruit. The plants are grafted to a sour orange root-stock, and when the tree reaches maturity, it looks just like a grapefruit tree…but with oranges growing on it.
HoneyBells are available for a very short time every winter…and that time is NOW. So if you’re at all interested, check out http://www.honeybell.com/. Cushman’s was bought out by the fruit giant Harry & David some years ago, but the excellent quality of the product and their fine service has not changed.
I usually make my signature margarita, the Algarita, with pineapple juice. But when I get those HoneyBells in the mail, my recipe takes on a new twist:
algarita 1
2 oz Patron silver tequila
1/2 oz Cointreau orange liqueur
4 oz fresh squeezed HoneyBell juice
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
Fill a tall glass with ice and add all the ingredients. Stir vigorously. Pour into a large margarita glass. Garnish with lime wedge. Salt optional.
The HoneyBell clock is ticking…get ‘em soon or you’ll need to wait a year!
Any other time of the year, substitute pineapple juice, orange juice or a combination of both for the Honey Bells.
  1. Gail says:

    Mmmmm….they sound yummy!!! (And it’s only 9am!!) Hey Al, if you fill your ice cube trays with really hot water, the cubes freeze nice and clear like on the old Baileys commercials. At least that is what Pinterest said. A late friend of mine had a buddy in NYC who designed fake ice cubes for many photo shoots for commercials.


    • Alz355 says:

      The ice cube trick sounds very interesting! But I have to use filtered water at home and it is ice cold, so I would have to heat it first I suppose?



    • Alz355 says:

      I did a little research. Apparently, you have to boil the water. Hot tap is not good enough. Boiling removes a lot of the bubbles in the water, and the result is clearer ice cubes when you freeze it.



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