Blood oranges have always seemed rather exotic to me, like a fruit that’s not quite real. I feel the same way about pummelos. Eric convinced me to buy one at the grocery store last week and there was something about the hugeness of it and the green rind coupled with the pink flesh inside that reminded me of something you’d see in a level in Super Mario Brothers or something. I feel the same way about blood oranges. It’s like, if “grapples” exist now, these too must have been created in a futuristic lab, right?
But even though they are a little unsettling, I do like blood oranges and I’ve been seeing a lot of blood orange recipes lately. When I saw a bag of them at Target last night, I decided it was time to go for a seasonal treat. There really aren’t any “seasonal” cocktails once you’ve had something mixed with champagne during New Year’s Day brunch, so I figured a fruit that is truly seasonal would be nice. I came home, juiced them, and looked up some recipes!
First I juiced about eight oranges which gave me way more juice than I needed, but honestly, it had been a long day and juicing them was kind of satisfying so I just kept going and going. Then I made two drinks by combining 4 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce triple sec, and 4 ounces of blood orange juice. I garnished with orange slices and….done!
They came out a bit strong and tart, so next time I’d sugar the rims first to take the edge off, and possibly use less vodka. (I know…rare.)