After the recent storm, we had been two days without power and a friend and I decided to escape to the movies (where they luckily did have power!). Afterward we went out for a much-needed and well deserved cocktail. She ordered, what else, but a Hurricane (a mixture of rums and pineapple juice, among other things), and I chose a Blood Orange Margarita on the rocks from the drink menu. I couldn’t see exactly what went into it, but it was delicious. The next night, when our power had returned, I thought I’d try to mix up one of those drinks on my own. Amazingly, I had everything I needed to make it, despite the fact that blood oranges are not in season in early September.
Many speciality and higher-end grocery stores now carry a wide variety of Italian sodas. Limonata and Aranciata are two of my favorites, but I recently bought a bottle of Blood Orange Soda. Slightly sweet and carbonated, it is a refreshing drink on its own. When mixed up with a few spirits… fabulous! It even gave me a chance to open up the really nice bottle of tequila we received as a gift! Cheers to that!
Blood Orange Margarita
3 ounces Italian Blood Orange soda
2 ounces tequila
1 ounce triple sec
Mix together all ingredients in a highball glass, top with ice and garnish with a slice of orange.