I regularly scanned the supermarket produce sections for blood oranges, as I had acquired several cocktail recipes I wanted to try. I was super excited when I finally found this gorgeous citrus fruit in the store – three local locations to be exact – and have put them to good use. Mixing cocktails for friends and neighbors, at large dinner parties, small intimate gatherings, casual and more formal, or simply for my husband and myself after a long day.
BLOOD ORANGE OLD FASHIONED
1/2 slice blood orange
1 1/2 ounces bourbon
1/4 ounce cherry jam
dash Angostura bitters
dash orange bitters
blood orange slice, for serving
In a cocktail shaker, muddle blood orange. Add bourbon, cherry jam, Angostura bitters and orange bitters. Fill with ice and stir until cold. Strain into a rocks glass with 1 large ice cube. Garnish with blood orange slice.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray
BLOOD ORANGE NEGRONI
1 ounce gin
1 ounce Carpano Antica
1 ounce Campari
.5 ounce blood orange juice
.5 ounce ginger liqueur
Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until cold, pour into a coupe.
1 blood orange, sliced
2 tablespoons orange liqueur
1 teaspoon rose water
1 750-ml bottle of chilled cava
Using a muddler mash first 3 ingredients in a large pitcher. Add cava, stir gently to combine (I mixed them individually in glasses – using the blood orange juice).
Fill wineglasses with ice, if desired and divide sangria among glasses.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, May 2012
BLOOD ORANGE GINGER MARGARITA
Add 1 teaspoon of finely grated fresh ginger, 1 cup blood orange juice, 3/4 cup tequila, 1/4 cup Cointreau, and 1/4 cup fresh lime juice to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain into glass.
Recipe adapted from Glamour
1 ounce fresh blood orange juice
1 ounce gin
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/4 ounce campari
2 ounces champagne
Combine juice, gin, syrup and Campari in an ice-filled shaker. Shake and strain into a flute. Top with champagne.
Recipe adapted from Saveur
BLOOD ORANGE CHAMPAGNE COCKTAIL
1 cup fresh blood orange juice
1 cup orange liqueur
1 bottle champagne
Stir juice and orange liqueur in medium pitcher, cover and chill until cold.
Divide among champagne glasses, top with champagne.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, November 2010
BLOOD ORANGE FRENCH 75
3 blood oranges
1 1/2 cups gin
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
2 750ml bottles of champagne or to taste
Cut 1 orange in half through stem. Cut each orange half crosswise into 6 slices, reserve for garnish. Using small knife, cut peel and white pith from remaining 2 oranges, chop oranges. Transfer chopped oranges with juices to bowl, mash with potato masher or wooden spoon. Stir in gin, sugar and bitters. Strain into measuring cup, pressing on solids to release liquid. Chill 4 hours.
Pour 2 tablespoons gin mixture into each of 12 glasses, fill with champagne and garnish with orange.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, November 2005