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Orange and Almond Crusta

Australian Gourmet Traveller cocktail recipe for Orange and Almond Crusta

By Jason Crawley
  • Serves 1
Orange and Almond Crusta
Orange and Almond Crusta

“It would be great if we could get tangerines in summer, but oranges work just as well. Citrus and almonds are such compatible flavours – the sweetness of the citrus with almond playing a sort of calming uncle with broad shoulders to lean on. I love drinking this one on hot, sunny afternoons – think of it as a more genteel Margarita. Drink it without straws and get your face into it. It goes well with a side of cider, too.” - Jason Crawley


  • 3 oranges, mandarins or tangerines, cut into small pieces
  • To garnish: caster sugar
  • 15 ml orgeat or almond syrup
  • 45 ml vodka
  • 1 tsp orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • To garnish: long piece of orange peel


  • 1
    Run a piece of orange around the rim of a cocktail glass to coat with juice, then drizzle sugar around sides so it sticks to the glass (see note).
  • 2
    In a shaker, add orange and almond syrup and muddle.
  • 3
    Add vodka and orange liqueur, half-fill with ice, shake for 30 seconds or until shaker goes frosty, then strain into prepared glass.
  • 4
    Wind peel to form a spiral, garnish and serve.


In comparison to a traditional sugar rim, a crusta involves placing sugar on the outside of the glass, not the rim.

  • Author: Jason Crawley