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Blood Orange Prosecco

March 3, 2013
Blood Orange Cocktail

Blood Orange Prosecco

Prosecco, in my tongue’s mind, is like the Italian’s masculine version of the French’s feminine champagne. It is a balance of dry white wine with apple-ess sweetness, bearing a sparkling and crisp nature. Not as bubbly as a glass of “bubbly,” but certainly enough to add interest.

One might think of this cocktail as an evening mimosa-like drink, only better, perhaps. More complex with sweet tartness from the blood orange juice and zip from limes.

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A small detail, such as crusting the rim of a glass with the zest of fresh oranges and crystals of sugar really should not be overlooked. Of course, it is optional.  But really, such a simple step truly makes this drink feel special, not to mention the added compliment the sweet bitter rim adds to the crisp, citrus liquid that follows.

Blood Orange ProseccoBlood oranges are not always easy to come by. I generally only see them at the store during peek citrus season, so feel free to substitute them with Navel, Cara Cara, or Valencia oranges.

This drink was sort of a late impromptu Valentine’s toast. By late, I mean a week or so thereafter. Valentine’s day fell mid-week, and was swept away comforting sick little ones. Oh, the brute of winter and the catching of every cold and flu in season. My sweet husband gallivanted across town that day over the lunch hours to dine, cafeteria-style, with each of our older daughters at their respective schools. He hand delivered a rose to each of them–blessed man.

With kids on the mend, there would be a date night somewhere on the horizon for us, but in the meantime it never hurts to connect over an unscripted happy hour at home.

Cheers!

Amanda

Blood Orange Cocktail

Blood Orange Prosecco

This crisp cocktail is a beacon of citrus light in the haze of winter. It is effervescent amongst rich, hearty meals, and even slight enough to serve as an impromptu happy hour at home. The cocktail amount is for a single serving so increase amounts accordingly; however, the orange sugar is enough for 4-6 rims. If you cannot find blood oranges, another sweet variety, such as Navel, Cara Cara, or Valencia will do. This is best when the Prosecco is heavily chilled, so do not overlook this step.
Ingredients
  • Orange Sugar for Rim:
  • 2 tablespoons cane or turbinado sugar
  • Zest of 2 blood oranges
  • Cocktail Contents:
  • ¼ cup / 60 ml blood orange juice (about 2 small oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cane or turbinado sugar
  • 8 oz / 236 ml chilled Prosecco
  • Orange or Lime slices for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine the orange zest with sugar on a plate. To rim each glass, rub the rim with a wedge of an orange or lime, then gently work the rim of the glass in the zested sugar until evenly coated. Whisk together blood orange juice, lime juice, and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Pour juice into rimmed cocktail glass and top off with measured Prosecco. Serve immediately.

 

 

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