sweet n’ spicy

March 9th, 2012

This week I decided to combine two of my favorite flavors, blood orange and ginger, to create super-bright, energizing cocktail. Both flavors pack a lot of punch—blood orange is sweet and citrusy while ginger is intense and spicy. With both lying around, it seemed crazy not to create a cocktail.

The real question came when I had to decide which liquor to use. I could go light and a bit herbal and choose gin, but I wanted to pack a little more of a punch. I briefly thought about whiskey—because you know how I love whiskey—but it just seemed too wintery. I’m all about looking forward. I finally decided on rum because it felt like it round out the flavor and well, it’s proven to be delicious when paired with ginger in a dark and stormy, so I thought this had to be a good thing. Luckily I was right. This cocktail is sweet and spicy, as the name suggests, and full of flavor. It’s perfect for a little pre-spring relaxing.

sweet n’ spicy
makes 1 cocktail

For the ginger syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup ginger, chopped

For the cocktail:
1 ounce blood orange juice
1 ounce ginger syrup
1/4 ounce lime juice
1 1/2 ounce dark rum
candied ginger, for garnish

To make the ginger syrup:
Combine the water, sugar and ginger in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Strain ginger and store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

To make the cocktail:
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass or small ball jar filled with ice. Garnish with candied ginger and enjoy.

Comments: 19 Total

  1. Jacky

    March 9, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    As luck would have it I have all this on hand for a much needed Friday night cocktail. Thanks!

  2. Sylvie (A Pot of Tea)

    March 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

    This is my idea of the perfect cocktail!

  3. Karina

    March 13, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I’m bookmarking this right now! This will be a perfect cocktail for summer BBQs. :)

  4. Jeff @ Cheese-Burger.net

    March 16, 2012 at 2:12 am

    It’s time to start gathering new cocktail recipes for summer. And it just happened that I like sweet and spicy cocktail. Thanks for the recipe.

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