Yesterday I was searching through my cocktail archive for a project I’m working on (I can’t wait to share it with you!) and the drool practically rolled off my chin. Man, do I miss cocktails! I miss thinking up new combinations as much (ok, almost as much) as I miss drinking them! For some reason I just wasn’t inspired during my pregnancy to make many “mocktails”—maybe it’s because I hate that word so much and could never come up with a good replacement for it. But recently I’ve been drinking up this wacky, but oh-so-good combination that I came up with at a local bar and had the bartender make for me. I suppose it’s kind of like a virgin margarita, but it really holds it’s own. A combination of blood orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, jalepeno slices and seltzer, it’s the perfect palette pleaser for this pregnant lady. And for those of you who are allowed to get all boozy, I think a little tequila added to it would be perfect!
Speaking of being pregnant—today is my due date! Woohoo! As much as I’m excited to be able to drink again, I am leaps and bounds more excited to meet this mystery person who’s been hiding in my belly for 9 months! I’ll obviously being taking it easy and out of it for a few weeks, so I’ll probably be absent from this space for a little bit, but if you’re not following me already on instagram, please do— @kellycarambula. I’m much better about updating it with all sorts of food adventures, craft projects and general life goodies, so I hope to see you there! In the meantime, wish me luck and I’ll see you soon!
makes 1 cocktail
|1 ounce fresh squeezed blood orange juice plus 2 slices blood orange (for garnish)
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup
5 thin slices jalepeno
1 1/2 ounce tequila, optional
salt for rim
|1. Rub the rim of a tall glass with a slice of lime, then dip it in salt. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the blood orange juice, lime juice, simple syrup, jalepeno slices and tequila, if using. Shake for about 10 seconds.
3. Add ice and blood orange slices to the salt-rimmed glass, then pour the juice mixture, including the jalepeno slices into the glass.
4. Top it off with the seltzer water, give it a gentle stir and drink up!