This cocktail has everything you want in a winter cocktail. It’s pink. It’s summery. It’s full of orange juice and Vitamin C so you can kick that cold. Yes, I said it. This is a cocktail that will cure your cold.
This is a weird time of year, where the sky is still grey and the ground is still swept with snow, but with every glimpse of sun I think spring spring spring. This cocktail will help us through this transition. And I know, I know, it’s January. I have no business thinking it’s spring. But, eventually, it’ll be spring. And in the meantime, we’ll have this cocktail. It’s a seasonal win-win.
This cocktail is enhanced deeply by a spicy brown sugar syrup. Now we’re talking winter. It’s gingery, so… more health benefits? Yes? Good. One more cocktail for good coming your way.
blood orange and gin cocktail
2 oz gin
2 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice or orange juice
Dash spiced brown sugar syrup (recipe follows)
Club soda to fill
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add in the gin, juice, and brown sugar syrup. Shake until mixed, about 20 seconds. Pour through strainer over a glass — a tumbler works well — that is about halfway filled with ice. Top the glass off with club soda.
spiced brown sugar syrup
7 oz. water
3.5 oz. dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon corn syrup
Boil the water in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and ginger and stir over low heat for 3-5 minutes until dissolved. Turn off heat. Let steep for 30 minutes. Strain into a small jar and stir in corn syrup. Let cool.