A friend called in after work for a quick cocktail and catch up. I poured this beautiful Blood Orange and Ginger Sparkler and served it alongside a spread of simple appetizers.
BLOOD ORANGE AND GINGER SPARKLER
1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons grated ginger
blood orange juice
Combine water sugar and ginger in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let stand 15 minutes. Strain and discard the solids.
To prepare each cocktail, pour an ounce of vodka, 2 1/2 tablespoons of ginger syrup and 2 ounces of blood orange juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine.
Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, January/February 2016