“I think it’s good.”
“I don’t know, it just seems like…shouldn’t there be something more?”
“It’s three ingredients. That makes a cocktail.”
While the Rebel Bartender is not one to generally trust to others’ declarations, in this instance, she decided to assent to her husband’s wisdom. Because while there may be something impressive about a drink that delicately balances five or six different flavors like a juggler spinning plates, there’s also a lot to be said for simplicity. And in this instance, simplicity works surprisingly well.
This recipe was actually devised at the request of one of the Bartender’s friends, who tried an advertised “Blood Orange Martini” at a restaurant and found it to be unimpressive. The Bartender’s original idea for a nonalcoholic base – fresh-squeezed blood orange juice – was stymied by the relative lack of imagination in Arizona produce aisles. Fortunately, however, she came across some Italian Blood Orange Soda at Trader Joe’s, and it turned out to go surprisingly well with (of all things) Bombay Sapphire gin. Other gins would probably work, too, but be forewarned that you’ll likely be trading the subtlety of Sapphire for more of a strong juniper flavor. Which, depending on your tastes, might be what you want.
Blood Orange Martini
1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire
1/4 ounce lemon juice
3 ounces blood orange soda, chilled
Shake the gin and lemon juice with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Gently pour the soda in over the other ingredients, swirling to mix. Garnish with a lemon twist.