A Valentines Day Blood Orange Cocktail

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Sometimes you go to the grocery store and you spy some blood oranges, by sometimes I mean beginning to mid February. Whenever I see them I have to buy them and come up with something interesting to make with them. I am slightly obsessed with their natural colour, the gorgeous fuscia colour of their juice. Last year I made blood orange chocolate chip scones and cupcakes. This year, I wanted to go a little simpler. It’s valentines day this weekend and I think that calls for a cocktail. Generally speaking I am strictly a whiskey and beer kind of girl. But if I go in for a cocktail it’s got to be gin. A dirty gin martini or a gin sour are my favourite cocktails. So, I decided to do a little twist on the gin sour. Not on the gin martini, a proper gin martini is extra dry and extra dirty, no fruit involved.

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Being an actor means I have bar tended a lot. Which means that I’m quite picky about what I drink. I like my alcohol to taste like alcohol, but it’s Valentines day so let’s go all out and have a cocktail, a pink cocktail. Generally I don’t go in for pink cocktails, since pink generally means a whole lot of grenadine. This is a simple cocktail, all you need is gin, lemon, simple syrup and a blood orange.

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Now simple syrup is incredibly simple to make (pun intended) all you need is sugar and water. Simple syrup is equal parts water and sugar boiled until the sugar has dissolved. If you’re making the cocktail for just you all you need to do is combine 1/2 a shot of white sugar with 1/2 a shot of water, boil them together until the sugar has dissolved. Easy right?

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I can’t get over the electric hue of the blood orange. I know it’s super lame, but I honestly do get so excited by vibrant colours found in nature. I love that you can colour things without chemicals, I love that it’s all out there in the fruit we already eat and buy.

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Now, of course the quality of gin you use will affect the taste of the drink. I am absolutely obsessed with Dillon’s Unfiltered Gin. Dillon’s is a small distillery here in Ontario and one day I plan on visiting and doing a tour. It’s pretty awesome that small batch distilleries are starting to pop up the same way that craft breweries have. I could go on about my favourite Ontario craft breweries for hours but I won’t bore you!

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The colour! Valentines day is what you make of it. I see nothing wrong with it, it’s a chance to eat too many sweets and drink something sweet. It’s a day for love, all kinds of love. If you focus on that and ignore the Hallmark nonsense I think it can be a great day. In general the fiance and I have spent Valentines day eating take out and eating cupcakes. One year he bought me a whole bunch of loose leaf teas, but that’s as fancy as we get. So enjoy a cocktail because you deserve it!

Blood Orange Gin Sour

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Juice from one blood orange

Assembly

Shake together the gin, simple syrup, lemon juice and blood orange

Pour over ice

Enjoy!

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