bloody valentine aka blood orange negroni

February 13th, 2015

You guys, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner… like tomorrow. Aaron and I have gotten to the point where we no longer even try to get reservations somewhere because it’s bound to be a crowded mess. Instead we’ll have a nice evening in, and then go out another night to celebrate. A slight tangent here, did I ever mention that we started dating on Valentine’s day, like a million years ago? I may or may not have thrown a singles dinner on Valentine’s Day just so I could get him over to my place. Luckily he basically never left, and here we are 12 Valentine’s Days later, sipping these amazing cocktails.

A riff on a negroni (which is one of the simplest cocktails ever), I simply added an ounce of blood orange juice (yay for citrus season!) to the classic drink and called it awesome. Well, actually I called it a bloody valentine because it just seemed right, but call it whatever you want. It’s at least delicious and perfect to make for you and your favorite person (or you could just make two for yourself, I won’t judge).

Cheers! To Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or just a day for a good drink.

Bloody Valentine aka Blood Orange Negroni

makes two cocktails

2 ounces blood orange juice, fresh squeezed
2 ounces campari
2 ounces sweet vermouth
2 ounces gin
2 slices blood orange, for garnish, optional
1. Cut two round slices of a blood orange and set aside.

2. In a mixing glass or cup filled with ice, combine the blood orange juice, campari, vermouth, and gin. Stir gently for around 10 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with the orange slice and enjoy!

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