We're branching out a little today and trying our hand at drink mixing.
I've got my dirty martini skills on point, but other than that the most I bartend at home is to pour wine into a glass. I definitely don't claim to be an amazing drink mixologist , but I've been trying to branch out more these last few months in the cocktail department. Nathan and I have been obsessed with this Blood Orange Sparkling Italian Soda we've found at our local Aldi's. We buy at least three bottles of it each time we shop. I recently also saw it at Target, Archer Farms brand, so if you don't have Aldi's where you live just head to Target. In thinking about a holiday cocktail and what I could make around this time of year I knew I wanted to incorporate this blood orange soda.
Nathan's a lover of bourbon and whiskey and who doesn't love a good mimosa? I mean you say the word brunch and my mouth salivates for one! To make both the females and males happy I give you blood orange cocktails two ways.
Blood Orange Mimosa ||
Blood Orange Italian Soda
Pour 1/4 shot of vodka into your glass. Depending on your event you may want to do a little more or a little less, no judgement here folks! Pour your glass 2/3 full of Blood Orange Italian Soda and top the last 1/3 off with champagne.
Squeeze a wedge of fresh lime in and drink up. Wanna be extra fancy? Impress your friends and throw a slice of lime into the drink for a pretty little garnish.
Your cocktail game just went up a notch. You're welcome!
A couple tips ||
We're all about being resourceful, even when it comes to drinking. If sharing with a crowd, don't get the expensive champagne. Buy what price point makes sense for your budget. No one will know and honestly you won't miss it due to vodka and the tasteful soda being in the drink. Also, use what you have. I wanted to do a blood orange slice in the drink, but had none and didn't feel like hunting down the grocery stores for a fresh blood orange. I mean are those even in season? Limes were in my kitchen so limes it was! I also scored these hilarious napkins at Target for three dollars.
They're the perfect pairing to any holiday drink!
Blood Orange Whiskey Cocktail
Whiskey or Bourbon
Blood Orange Soda
Candies or Cherries for Garnish
Pour a shot of bourbon or whiskey into your glass. Now add your blood orange soda to fill 1/2-3/4 of your glass, whichever is your preference. Give it a good splash of orange juice and it's set! For an extra fancy garnish I love the idea of adding some holiday hard candy to it. We have these cherry and orange flavored hard candies and cutting up a piece or two and adding it into the drink made it extra yummy.
Even add in a whole orange candy that'll make for a sweet treat at the end of the drink.
Another great idea is to stack a couple cherries on a toothpick and serve across the glass.
Again, the fancier the better. It is the holidays after all!
Like we said before, be resourceful. Tito's vodka is some of the best vodka for the price you pay, but do what you can afford. Don't buy expensive champagne and use what you have! Shop sales to get a good deal on more expensive liquor and when in doubt, don't spend a fortune. The holidays shouldn't be stressful, but we're all about making them special and memorable! I'm definitely adding this blood orange mimosa to my Christmas morning breakfast list! Along side our usual egg casserole and french toast recipe we shared last year, here, it makes the perfect pairing! Drink up and enjoy. Cheers!