I used to save my drink posts for Fridays. But then I got out the champagne on a Wednesday evening. And then I remembered that some like to refer to Thursday as Thirsty Thursday. Though I don’t know if anyone actually does that for real after college. My friends and I often say it to each other jokingly and I’m sure you could find an e-mail or two between me and Chels with the subject line “Thirstyyyy Thursday!” (we are known for our inventive e-mail subject lines).
But these days, you can often find me on Thursday evenings sipping some tea or V8 (love it? hate it? I’m V8 addicted!). OK, and maybe a glass or two of red wine on occasion. I’m not sure if that qualifies as Thirsty Thursday behavior. Though I guess it does beat the alternative. Get out the V8 whooo!!! Chug chug!
In any event, I spotted a recipe for fizzy blood-orangeade and was immediately attracted to it. Um, with some champagne added in, of course. Popping open a bottle on “hump day” is exactly what the week needed. And now that it’s Thursday, it’s even more appropriate. Plus, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and uh, the ginger-ale bottle is green? Whatever, it’s alcohol and that’s all you really care about on St. Patty’s Day, right? That’s what I thought. This drink is really more of a summer drink, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. And you shouldn’t either.
Blood Orange Sparkler (serves 1):
• 1/2 C ginger-ale (the “high-quality” kind is better, but I had to run to 7-11 for this)
• 3/4 C fresh blood orange juice
• 1/4 C orange juice
• 1/2 C champagne
It was cold and I was feeling lazy and didn’t feel like walking to the grocery store, though I knew I wanted to make this drink. Since I set up my mobile office at Bruegger’s for the day (best mobile office ever!), I decided to run into Trader Joe’s to see if, by chance, they had blood oranges. And they did!! A whole bag of them for under $3. Score!
Every time I cut open a blood orange, I marvel at its beauty.
I got started on juicing the oranges.
And then Chris walked in the door and proclaimed the kitchen looked like a scene from Dexter. Dexter, by the way, is a very excellent show. And this is coming from someone who really only likes reality television and shows like Greek (so sad it’s over!) and Parenthood (best show on television!). By the way, what did everyone think about the Bachelor? I was happy initially, but really disappointed that I don’t think they’re going to work out. Also, I stayed up until 1:30 a.m. watching All. 3. Hours. Because I have an addiction and couldn’t go to bed until it was done.
Oh, back to the blood oranges. Yup, they can get a little messy. But messy cooking is my favorite kind of cooking.
Juicing the oranges was really the hardest part of this whole production (which you should get a reamer for). The rest is just opening bottles and pouring liquids in… mixologist style.
And then I discovered the perfect welcoming spring drink. That will be delightful all summer long. Speaking of, I keep forgetting I have a pool at my apartment building since I didn’t move in until August last year. Then all the sudden I’ll remember and get SO ridiculously excited. Memorial day, can you please hurry up? This is my new pool drink.
To be honest, it’s really like a fancy mimosa. But when I say fancy, I mean it’s so, so much better. And prettier. And larger.
Also, blood oranges will be added to every fruit salad I make from now on.
Because we all needed one more reason to be excited for summer, right? But for now, it’s St. Patrick’s Day, so you should probably go have a Guinness or something. Though temperatures did reach 60 today, so maybe this drink is quite appropriate.
What drinks make you crave summer?
Happy almost weekend