I was pretty grossed out the first time I heard about blood oranges. Kind of understandable, since I was twelve. But now they are probably my second favorite citrus (sorry, nothing is ever coming close to lime), and definitely my go-to whenever I find them, usually in the winter months around here.
Winter is also perfect for ginger, adding a bit of warmth and zing. I came up with this easy-to-make sour with fresh squeezed juice to pair them up.
The blood orange juice gives an amazing color to the drink, but the taste is different too. It is sweet, but there is a bitter note to it that I really like, especially in this drink.
I opted for whiskey as the base spirit since it adds to that warm flavor. I infused the whiskey with ginger to give it an extra punch of flavor, but that's optional, since there is also ginger juice.
Of course, the garnish is easy: a slice of blood orange on the side of the glass. Can't get much prettier, in my opinion!
Blood Orange Ginger Whiskey Sour
- 1.5 oz whiskey I infused my whiskey with ginger for extra flavor
- 2 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice
- 0.5 oz simple syrup
- 1 bar spoon ginger juice My favorite bottled ginger juice is from The Ginger People
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.1.5 oz whiskey, 2 oz fresh squeezed blood orange juice, 0.5 oz simple syrup, 1 bar spoon ginger juice
- Shake it up, about 15-20 shakes.
- Strain into a chilled Nick and Nora glass (pictured). You could also strain over ice into an old fashioned glass.
- Add a blood orange wheel for garnish.