When winter seems like it will never end.
And then the blood oranges arrive with their welcome splash of color and distinctive, sour-sweet-bitter flavor.
When it comes to citrus - one of the essential ingredients in many cocktails - blood orange juice provides a unique twist and a special added oomph of flavor. Blood orange juice is also a delicious complement to whatever your spirit of choice: whisk(e)y, gin, vodka, tequila, cognac, rum, mezcal, amaro, aperitif, the works!
In this rum and blood orange cocktail, the Sanguina, we're pairing blood orange with Doctor Bird Moscatel Cask-Finished Rum. Made from 100% pot still Jamaican rum, which captures the strong flavor and esters the region is known for. This Doctor Bird rum is then finished in Moscatel Barique casks that once held sweet Moscatel wine, a vital step that infuses the rum with rich layers of florals and sweetness.
Sip on the Sanguina and perhaps you'll find yourself savoring the sweet-sour-bitter flavors of a warm summer sun in mid-February.
Ingredients1 oz Doctor Bird Moscatel Cask-Finished Rum
1 oz Luxardo Bitter Bianco Liqueur
2 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 whole blood orange, divided into 8 parts
.5 oz - .75 oz brown sugar
1 dashes of Regans' Orange Bitters
In a shaker, muddle the blood orange slices with the brown sugar. Add the remaining ingredients (including optional simple syrup, if you lean toward the sweet side) and crushed ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a slice of blood orange.