Bloody Mule

blood orange cocktail

The weather in NE Ohio is still ridiculously cold, in fact I made a joke about it on facebook earlier today saying “such a nice winter were having this spring!” (If you live in the northern part of the country you’re probably feeling my pain.)

I’ve been very distant from my blog for the last month with my leading excuse of working a lot. Laziness and being broke does play a factor in this as well. With the weather still being cold and leading to lack all motivation, I decided I needed a little pick me up to forget about this nasty cold winter that can’t seem to depart and allow spring to move forward.

This cocktail is just in time for the end of winter citrus. I haven’t had much opportunity to work with or take in too many blood oranges. I had a few moro oranges left over from the farmers market weeks ago and thought it would be interesting to try them in a cocktail. This drink is very close in similarity to a Moscow mule (M&M). Very easy to make and pleasant to sip on. After drinking this, I’m ready for warmer weather and sunshine to be here. Keep pushing spring!!

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*The Moro is the most colorful of the Blood Oranges, with a deep red flesh and a rind that has a deep red blush.

Mise en Place:

-Juice from 1 Blood Orange

-3 Ounces Berry Vodka

-2 Ounces Ginger Beer


-Cocktail Shaker


Method of Prep:

-Fill a cocktail shaker with 4 Ice cubes. Add in blood orange juice, berry vodka and ginger beer.

-Shake and pour into a small rocks glass filled with ice (optional). Splash with ginger beer if you want to fill the glass to the top.


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Old Fashioned Sunrise


Infusing liquor has been a hobby of mine for over a year now. Last time I infused was spring of 2013 when I was in Florida. I did a cucumber vodka which made some excellent martinis, then played around with seasonal fruits such as peaches and watermelon and strawberries.

This time, I did five different infusions, four vodka based and one bourbon (Mint vodka, sriracha and cucumber vodka, lemon/thyme/rosemary vodka, vanilla vodka (extract), and lastly a maple syrup, orange and cherry bourbon.) Each of these liquors will have their own separate recipes and for each drink I create or repeat, I will include a recipe for you. I’ve been working on developing my own bar inside my house including all the proper tools, glassware, garnishes, and equipment needed to perfect my cocktails. If you enjoy a good cocktail now and then you’ve come to the right place.

While I work on future recipes, I’d like to start you off with this one featuring San Pelligrino Limonata and my old fashioned style infused bourbon. Cheers!

bourbon sunrise

Mise en place:

-3 Parts Old Fashioned style infused bourbon, See recipe below.

-2 Part Orange Juice

-1 Part San Pellegrino Limonata

-Splash Grenadine

-Orange slice or twist for garnish, optional

-Cocktail Shaker


-Fancy glass

Method of Prep:

-In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients except the grenadine, shake.

-Strain into desired drinking glass filled with either crushed ice or One large ice cube. Pour a little bit of grenadine over the top. Garnish with orange. Stir it up if you’d like and drink.


**This also makes a great non-alcholic drink for the kids to enjoy. Mix everything together without the bourbon for a sweet and fizzy orange juice…it’s like a Shirley Temple with O.J! πŸ™‚


Old Fashioned Bourbon:

Mise en Place:

-Red Stag (cherry) Bourbon from Jim Beam, As much as you want to infuse. (for this recipe I just filled the bottle I was infusing in.)

-1/4 Orange, inside removed, keeping only the peel. Remove as much white off the peel as you can. Cut the peel in half again.

-2 Ounces Maple Syrup

-Bottle of choice to infuse in.

Method of Prep:

-Place all ingredients inside of bottle being used for the infusion. Seal tightly and allow to sit in a cool and dark place for 3 days up to 1 week.

-After a week, remove the orange peel from the inside. Keep sealed until ready to use.


Pairing recommendations:

-This is a great drink to have for breakfast or Sunday brunch. I suggest drinking it with any of these breakfast dishes:

Fresh Fruit & Smoke Paprika Oatmeal

Pumpkin Pancakes

Apple & Sweet Potato Hash