Blood Orange Season

Happy New Year

This period of quiet weeks has never been a favorite time of year for me, but thankfully inspiration comes in strange forms. My favorite fruit, the blood orange, with its visceral blast of tart flavor and color in an otherwise grey January, always raises my spirits. Particularly when mixed with spirits (see margarita recipe below).

Blood Oranges are a mutation of the sweet orange. They are in season from January-April/May and their many types yield a range of colors (that I've attempted to document) and a varying degree of tartness.

Blood Orange Margarita
(yields 4 drinks)

1/2 cup blood orange juice
juice of 1 lime
1 cup orange liquor (triple sec or grand marnier)
1 cup white tequila

Combine all ingredients (except ice) in a measuring cup or pitcher.
Fill a cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add blood orange mixture.
Shake for a full 30 seconds and pour into salt rimmed glasses.

Maybe winter isn't so bad.