Blood Orange Tequila Fizz.

I’ve very busy trying to figure out the billion ways I can consume blood oranges.

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Very, very busy.

FYI: The depression that will set in when blood orange season is over will be ROUGH. I don’t care much about regular oranges at all. You know? They are just so… regular.

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Out of all the things, all the cakes and breads and salads and salmon, cocktails are probably my favorite thing to make with blood oranges. I realize that this probably comes as no surprise give my Lisa-Frank-loving-neon-pink-heart-glitter-flecked life but I figured that I should remind you.

THE COLOR!

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Also, the deliciousness. That’s a horrible word, isn’t it? In this day and age of adding “ness” to everything, it makes most people, even myself, cringe. Yet I still write. I still even SAY it, in real life. Like the words actually come out of my mouth.  I don’t know why I torture my keyboard and ears this way.

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So, how is your January? Are you on the no booze train right now since it’s still the beginning of the year? When do resolutions fall off? I vote for the second weekend of January. The first weekend you still have all that momentum to make it through. You’re excited about the new lifestyle changes you’re making. It’s like, bacon cheeseburgers? HA! Who needs those?

And then by the second weekend, it’s all me, ME! I need those bacon cheeseburgers! Insert your cheese/chocolate/coffee/pizza/cookies/wine here. Feeling you.

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We rarely have a drink throughout the week because I need full clarity for this busy time, but come Thursday, I’m ready. I usually don’t cave until Friday afternoon – it is the happiest hour after all! However you might remember that I’ve wanted to reinstate (or, um, start) margarita Mondays for quite some time. It should be a law.

AND. It’s also rare that I make a drink using tequila that isn’t a margarita. I love a good Paloma but it’s not something I make often, especially since Eddie doesn’t love grapefruit. He doesn’t even really love tequila, but sometimes I can sneak it into a delicious cocktail like this one and pull some trickery on him.

Not only can I rave about the color here, but the FLAVOR! It’s not margarita-like, even though we have some lime simple syrup. It’s topped off with ginger ale (or beer – your call) for the fizzy bubbles and can be as sweet as you like. Annnnd it might make you forget about the pizza you want this weekend. #truth

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Blood Orange Tequila Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 3 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • 2 ounces gold tequila
  • 1 ounce lime simple syrup
  • 2 ounces ginger ale (or ginger beer!)

lime simple syrup

  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Directions:

Fill a chilled glass with crushed ice. Add a blood orange slice.

In a shaker, combine the blood orange juice, tequila, lime juice and lime syrup. Shake well for about 30 seconds then pour over the ice. Top with the ginger ale/beer and add a lime wedge. Serve!

lime simple syrup

Heat the lime juice in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the sugar and cook until it dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer. Remove from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.

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You need it! Because I said so.