The blood orange has a crimson, almost blood-colored flesh (aptly defined as “sanguine”) and is about the same size as an average orange. Its unique dark maroon color is due to the presence of antioxidant anthocyanins – found in many flowers but rarely in citrus – and develops in the fruit when temperatures dip at night. The blood orange may have originated in China or the Southern Mediterranean. It’s now mainly grown in Sicily, Spain and more recently in the United States, from December to May in Florida, Texas and California. Fragrant and flavorful, a freshly squeezed blood orange combined with vodka, Grand Marnier and spiced honey crème creates a cocktail that sparks tart, spicy and sweet…a most sassy libation indeed!
Sassy Sanguine (Blood Orange) Swing Cocktail Recipe
- 1-1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- 2 ounces blood orange juice (approximately 1 fresh blood orange)
- 1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce spiced honey syrup*
Shake all ingredients on ice and strain over crushed ice in a highball glass.
To make Spiced Honey Syrup: Dissolve 1 part Spiced Honey Creme in 1 part hot water. Store and refrigerate in glass bottle.
*Spiced Honey Crème is produced by Honey Ridge Farms and available at honeyridgefarms.com. Honey Ridge Farms is a family-owned company with five generations of beekeeping experience. The honey is sourced from family and a small circle of Pacific Northwest beekeepers. Only superior local USA honey is used and can be traced back to its origin.