For the past couple of days, the weather in San Francisco has been absolutely amazing, and although I'm dreaming of frothy tropical drinks and fruit-laden sangrias, I know it's only March. Before I go running to the store looking for berries and stone fruit, I have to use the citrus that's sitting on my counter!
I have two perfectly ripe blood oranges waiting to be juiced. That's why I thought I'd give this recipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 09 a try. It's an ode to oranges with orange vodka, fresh orange juice, and orange liqueur.
I recently got sent a bottle of Solerno, an Italian blood orange liqueur, so I used it rather than triple sec. The resulting cocktail has the brilliant color of Spring tulips with the fresh, sweet, tart flavor of blood oranges. It's smooth, delightful, maybe a little too easy to drink, and ideal for sipping on a sunny afternoon. For the uncomplicated recipe,
1 ounce orange vodka, preferably Stolichnaya Ohranj
1/2 ounce Cointreau or other triple sec
2 ounces blood orange juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup
Large dash of orange bitters
Large dash of Angostura bitters
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients and shake well.
- Strain the drink into a chilled martini glass.
Makes 1 drink.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- North American