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Wintery Fruit Cocktail With Blood Oranges

Blood Oranges

Drink Your Fruit

It may be winter in the United States but it's an excellent time to use what is becoming one of my favorite citrus fruits -- blood oranges. There's just something sexy about the red flesh of the Moro variety.

I try to make use of what is in season and freshly available in my area. This way of thinking is not relegated to just edible delights. I also like to incorporate seasonal and local ingredients into my cocktail repertoire.

There are about ten pounds of blood oranges at my home that have to be used so I saw an opportunity to try something new. And you can't help but love a good martini!

Food Tutorial

If you're not familiar with blood oranges here's what you should know.

Blood oranges are a popular kind of orange with red pulp that gives it its name. The fruit is not as large as a typical navel orange, and some varieties of the fruit have darker colorings on the outer rind. Blood oranges are also less acidic than navel oranges.

The juice is a bit tart for my liking when just drinking it straight, but it's a perfect ingredient for cocktails. It gives just the lightest hint of raspberries -- at least I think so.

I have included a variation for rum or vodka as it seems people really prefer one or the other. I dabble a bit in both, but I generally prefer vodka.

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