Blood orange cocktails: Good to the last drop

This is officially the beginning of my campaign to get area bars to use blood oranges in their cocktails. The bumper stickers are at the printer.

Blood oranges — which will likely be available for another month or so — are bright and sweet with a hint of tartness when they’re ripe. When balanced with another citrus or herb flavor, they can form the foundation of a memorable cocktail — the kind that makes you want to drink until you forget.

A ripe blood orange explodes with juice, like red wine when a cork’s pushed into the bottle. It can leave the same telltale stains, so bartenders will need to juice the oranges before the start of cocktail hour.

Categories: Dining, Food & Drink