Booze, Cocktails

My Bloody Valentine

February 15, 2016

Valentine’s Day is one of those “holidays” that always gets a bad rap.  I mean, it’s really less of a holiday and more of an obligation to show someone (anyone) that you’re willing to spend a little extra money or time to profess your love to them.  I am actually not certain where the people are that eat this shit up because I certainly don’t know anyone that is counting down the days until February 14th.  This year, though, was a bit different.  I was just out running errands and no less than five people thanked me for my purchase and also said, “Happy Valentine’s Day!” which I thought weird because it’s an odd thing to just generally wish someone you don’t know, and I thought the sentiment was also misplaced to someone who is spending the day working.

I didn’t buy myself flowers, but I was over at Fresh Thyme and they had one bunch of organic mint left.  They were just too perfect.  I had to have them.

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Anyway, blood oranges.  I had never actually had one until yesterday.  I was thinking of what might make for a great Valentine’s cocktail and that is where I landed.  With some adjustments, I present to you two wonderful blood orange cocktails that are great any day (not just on Hallmark holidays).  I read a lot of recipes, but the two that I tweaked are below:

Blood Orange Drinktini (I completely forget where this came from)

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1 1/2 oz. vodka
1 oz fresh-squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 oz Cointreau
1 T. reserved blood orange simple syrup (see below)
Splash of club soda
Garnish: Candied blood orange slice

Candied Blood Orange Slices

Slice a blood orange into slices (I mean come on), and place into a saucepan with 3/4 C. sugar dissolved into 1/2 C. of water.  Simmer for about 7 minutes until oranges are tender.  Transfer oranges to parchment paper to cool; reserve sugar water mixture.  When slices cool, toss in sugar until coated.  They are sooo delicious.

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Drink Part

Mix it all up and shake it.  Garnish with the garnish.

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The other drink is my kind of drink because it has hardly any ingredients, is classy and brunch-friendly and, did I mention easy?

Instead of using orange juice in your mimosa, omg use fresh-squeezed blood orange juice.  BOOM!

Blood Orange Mimosa

1 oz. freshly-squeezed blood orange juice
Prosecco to fill your glass

Directions: 

Mix.  Rejoice!

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