For the longest time I thought I didn’t like Gin. Boy was I wrong. We were on a flight to Singapore, really long flight, and the flight attendant had made a Gin Fizz for someone who did not want it. She asked me if I did. Why not I thought. Well who knew, I did like gin. So we now keep a bottle of Sapphire Blue for the rare occasion we want a cocktail.
We had some friends over a few nights ago and one of our friends made some Blood Orange Mojitos. We had fresh blood orange juice and simple syrup left, so the next day I whipped up a Blood Orange Gin Cocktail. It was delicious. Since blood oranges are in season, I find any excuse to use them. You will see them again next week in main dish recipe. It is such a short season that I try to enjoy them as much as possible.
This is a simple recipe to make. Be sure to make the simple syrup ahead of time so that it can be fully chilled by the time you make the drink. To make simple syrup you bring equal parts of water and sugar to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Then cool completely. It will stay fresh in your refrigerator for a while so make as much as you need.
Blood Orange Gin Cocktail will be a great way to start your Valentine’s evening. Put on some music. Sip on a few of these cocktails while enjoying some Roasted Beet, Goat Cheese & Candied Fennel Crostini and enjoy your evening.
Blood Orange Gin Cocktail (Makes 1)
1 shot good Gin, I used Sapphire Blue
1 shot simple syrup
2 shots fresh blood orange juice (1 to 2 blood oranges)
1 shot club soda or seltzer
- Fill a shaker with ice and pour in all the ingredients except club soda. Shake a few times.
- Strain into a martini glass. Stir in club soda and serve.
You can also see this recipe at various link parties, listed on my link party page