Whew! It's been one of those crazy weeks, and I'm so looking forward to the weekend. Anyone can be a libation mixologist so I want to share one of my favorite cocktails, Blood Orange Old Fashioned, with hopes it brings good cheer to you and yours!
Blood Orange Old-Fashioned
16 to 24 brown sugar cubes (such as Sugar in the Raw)
Blood orange bitters
16 ounces Bulleit Bourbon or other good-quality, artisanal bourbon
32 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice (available seasonally, or substitute orange juice)
Thinly sliced blood orange wheels and/or thickly sliced zest of blood orange, for garnish
Lime-flavored sparkling water
8 double old-fashioned glasses and ice cubes
1. Put 2 or 3 brown sugar cubes in each double old- fashioned glass; soak with blood orange bitters and let dissolve. (Helpful hint: Doing this a couple hours ahead of time allows the sugar to dissolve and saves time when making drinks.)
2. Fill a large pitcher with Bourbon and blood orange juice. Stir to combine.
3. To serve individual drinks, fill a glass with ice. Pour blood orange–Bourbon mixture over the ice and top with a splash of sparkling water. Garnish with a blood orange wheel and/or blood orange zest.
And if you want a similar look, here are some great ideas:
Reed & Barton Queen Anne Cooler
One Kings Lane Tortoise Glasses
Ralph Lauren Old-Fashioned Glasses
Hudson Baby Bourbon Whiskey
Ralph Lauren Wentworth Cocktail Picks
I had so much fun sharing my mixologist cocktail tips for Porches and Pecans at Cloudland Station!