happy hour: westward!

January 11th, 2013

Well hello again and happy belated 2013! This time of year I find myself feeling a little angry about the weather—it can be bitter cold here in NYC (although I haven’t had much to complain about this year). Luckily, my favorite winter fruit, blood oranges arrive at just the right time to bring a little sunshine into my life during these cold, gloomy months.

This week I used my inaugural haul of blood oranges to make two versions (boozy and non-boozy) of a drink I’ve dubbed Westward! I created this little number not only because I love these juicy fellas but because I have big news to share. In less than two weeks, the Carámbula household is packing up and heading to sunny California—San Francisco  to be exact (so I’ll add foggy into the equation)— home of blood oranges!! It’s been a totally crazy (did I mention I’m almost 7 months pregnant) whirlwind decision, but I couldn’t be more jazzed about it! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to explore a new city with new farmers markets, restaurants, and shops.

So, a big old cheers is due… Cheers to a new year, to big changes, and of course, blood oranges.


makes 1 cocktail

2 ounces fresh squeezed blood orange juice
1/2 ounce cinnamon-infused simple syrup, recipe below
1 1/2 ounces vodka (optional)
1-2 ounces seltzer water
2 blood orange slices


1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the blood orange juice, simple syrup and vodka, if using. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.

2. Strain into a tall collins glass filled with ice. Top it off with seltzer water and add the blood orange slices and a straw, giving it a little swirl to incorporate the seltzer.

3. Enjoy!

Cinnamon-infused simple syrup

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 cinnamon sticks
1. In a small saucepan stir together all the ingredients over medium-low heat.

2. Simmer for 10-15 minutes and let cool completely.

3. Strain out the cinnamon sticks and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Comments: 12 Total

  1. Nicole

    January 11, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Oh man, I love the arrival of blood oranges, too. It’s like they are always in the nick of time when the gray is getting me down. What a pretty cocktail! Congrats on the move! Can’t wait to hear your adventures from SF!

  2. Kristen

    January 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Congratulations, Kelly! I’ve been following your blog since I took your Brooklyn Skillshare class a few years ago, and have been enjoying your great recipes since. Good luck with your new adventure in CA — can’t wait to hear all about it :)

  3. Lisa

    January 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Wow! I’m sad you won’t be in Brooklyn anymore, but am thrilled for you and can’t wait to read all about your new life. Safe travels!

  4. Rebecca

    January 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! I love Vermont, but envy you the warmth and all the cool shops and restaurants. Have a blast!

  5. Celia

    January 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    less than two weeks?! amazing!

  6. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    January 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    This drink is gorgeous! Love this idea!

  7. Kate

    January 12, 2013 at 12:07 am

    So excited for you!! Just made a whirlwind move myself (from beautiful San Francisco to lovely Austin, TX) and its been a jumpstart to my soul. Best of luck to you all!!

  8. Sheena S.

    January 17, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    An (early) welcome to the West coast—hope you love it. San Francisco is such an amazing city, it will be hard not to. Best wishes for a smooth move!

  9. Emma

    January 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, this looks amazing. I love blood oranges. Please check out the food blog I have just started http://www.surreyKitchen.wordpress.com. Thanks!

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