March 10, 2014

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

I had no idea how popular bourbon was in the south until I attended Food Blog South a couple months ago.  That was my first time trying bourbon, which had I previously thought of as an old man's drink and was surprised by how much I liked it.

Four Roses Bourbon is what I sampled at the conference and it wasn't until Chris tried it yesterday that I realized it might be the quality of Four Roses that makes me like bourbon.  I laughed when Chris said ʺOh, that's smooth.  I thought I was a scotch guy but I guess I'm a bourbon man now.ʺ


This is a very simple cocktail that starts with large ice cubes (I used a Tovolo silicone tray).  I also added a garnish of orange peel and maraschino cherries.  If you're looking to avoid red dye, I recommend Tillen Farms brand.  This was the first time I tried out my new martini picks and I really like them.


Next add 2 ounces of bourbon and 4 ounces of blood orange Italian soda.  There were 3 Four Roses Bourbon options at the liquor store and I had to consult my Twitter photos to remind me which one I had liked best.  I bought the soda at Whole Foods, but I've also purchased it from Trader Joe's and both are equally good in my opinion.


That's it, an easy two-ingredient cocktail that lets the bourbon flavor shine through without getting you too tipsy.  Oh, and I can't forget to the mention that the idea for this delicious combination came from Shawanda of Eat.Drink.Frolic who I met at Food Blog South. 

I'll be drinking one of these tonight while watching The Voice, which is my newest addiction.  I watched it for the first time last week with my friend who was visiting and now I'm hooked.

7 comments:

  1. Oh....you know how I feel about bourbon ;)

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    1. I do and I was on your blog last night looking for cocktail ideas :) I'm so curious to try Belle Meade now!

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  2. Looks awesome! As a huge bourbon fan this is a must try!!!

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  3. Wow-this looks so yummy! It's funny how you said you'd always thought of Bourbon as an old mans drink...so did I! I'll have to try this!

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  4. Pfeffer-do you know where you can buy actual blood orange juice? I have the Italian sodas for TJs and Whole foods but I can never find the juice. Maybe sold in Florida?? Going to try this cocktail this weekend!

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    1. Good question, I've never seen blood orange juice for sale. Maybe because the season is kind of short? They're just starting to a grow a variety here but from what I've read Florida's climate isn't good for blood oranges (most are grown in Italy and California). I think you're stuck with juicing them yourself, but sadly the season is over now...or at least they're no longer in stores around here :(

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    2. Here is a link to a company that sells blood orange juice http://www.dreamfoods.com/italian_volcano-blood_orange-tangerine-juices.php . My buying club offers it and I have always been tempted to try it--the color is so amazing!

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