Posts Tagged ‘cocktails’

Blood Orange Margarita

September 5, 2011

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.

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A Lemony Cocktail for Summer

July 11, 2011

I absolutely love all things citrus–particularly in drink form, particularly in the summertime.  Two of my favorite beverages are the Aranciata and Limonata sodas from Italy.  San Pellegrino makes and distributes them here in the US, and they are widely available in grocery stores (usually sold in cans).  The Aranciata is sweet and orange-flavored while the Limonata is lemony and more on the tart side. Both are lightly carbonated.  They are crisp and refreshing all on their own, but also make fantastic mixers!

Lemon and mint are a great summery combination, so I added some vodka to the mix to create a delicious cocktail.  The result is a slightly fizzy lemonade for grown-ups which was recently featured as the Recipe of the Week on SuzySaid.com.   Sip away!

Vodka Limonata with Mint
Makes 2 drinks

2 ounces vodka
1 tablespoon minted simple syrup (see below)
1 can San Pellegrino Limonata Italian soda
1 bunch fresh mint
lemon slices for garnish

Place vodka and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with ice.

Shake to combine and divide evenly between two glasses.

Top with about 4 ounces of limonata soda and garnish with a lemon slice and a sprig of fresh mint.  Add ice if desired.

To make minted simple syrup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and add a handful of fresh mint leaves.  Allow leaves to steep in the hot syrup.  Cool completely, remove mint leaves, and store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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