While I tend to prefer spirit-driven cocktails, I know not everyone wants the swift kick of alcohol to greet them at first sip. With that in mind, today I’m sharing a cocktail that is decidedly easy-drinking.
If you haven’t heard of it, Pisco is a South American liquor, produced in Chile and Argentina, made from fermenting grape juice into a high-proof spirit.
It’s most often found in the Pisco Sour – a tipple that combines the spirit with lime juice, simple syrup, egg white and bitters. What I bring you today is a riff on this popular Pisco drink. By adding in the flavours of blood orange and cinnamon, this variation is more sweet than sour.
If you’re following along with the blog, and making every recipe as it appears; first of all, thank you for your service, second, you’ll have some candied blood oranges and blood orange simple syrup at the ready after whipping up those Blood Orange Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Frosting.
Oh, you haven’t been making every recipe as it’s posted? Well, good thing I’ve included the full instructions below, otherwise that could have been embarrassing.
I thought this would be a good time to share this recipe as Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day as I call it) is fast-approaching and you might be in search of more rose-coloured recipes to round out your menu.
I think throwing a party is probably one of the best ways to celebrate the 14th of February. My parents used to throw a Valentine’s party complete with raspberry martinis, walkways strewn with rose petals and a playlist with plenty of Al Green.
I feel like sharing the love with friends is a bit more fun than a prix fixe menu and the pressure of romantic pretence. Or maybe I’m just a pessimist.
Regardless of how you plan to celebrate this Hallmark holiday, do it in style and with a delicious drink in hand.
Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day calls for a cocktail. Make yours a blush-coloured libation like this Tickled Pink cocktail that adds the flavour of blood orange to the traditional Pisco Sour.
- 1 oz pisco
- 1 oz blood orange juice, freshly squeezed
- ½ oz lime juice
- ½ oz blood orange syrup
- 1 egg white
- 2 dashes Mr. Bitters Fig & Cinnamon Bitters
- 1 candied blood orange, for garnish
- ½ cup blood orange juice
- ½ cup sugar
Add all ingredients to an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a slice of candied blood orange.
Combine blood orange juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature before using.
See: Blood Orange Cupcakes with Marshmallow Cream Frosting for full instructions on how to make your own candied blood oranges.