There’s something tantalizing and forbidden about the blood red juice hidden beneath the bright orange rind. Slightly bitter than regular oranges and a glorious color, blood orange juice is a perfect mixer, especially for Cinco de Mayo. (Even if it’s a holiday created by Corona and Tostitos, any excuse for a party works for me.) Instead of making a blood orange margarita, try this spicy cocktail using vodka infused with cilantro and jalapeno to give it that Mexican flair. It’s red, hot and has just a hint of sweetness.
Spicy Blood Orange Smash
3 oz of blood orange juice (available at Whole Foods or freshly squeezed from about 2 blood oranges)
1.5 oz of vodka (a shot)
1/2 a lime
A few sprigs of cilantro
1/2 a jalapeno or other spicy pepper
In a cocktail shaker, add some sprigs of cilantro, a few slices of jalapeno (seeds removed) and lime juice. Muddle. Add vodka and stir to combine. Let sit for a couple minutes if you have time. (You could also infuse a bottle of vodka with cilantro and jalapeno for a couple days in advance if you have time and want to make a larger batch.)
Option A: Add ice to shaker, shake for a few seconds and then strain into glass. Add juice to fill and stir. Top with a sprig of cilantro and a thin slice or 2 of jalapeno (seeds removed). Option B: Add juice to shaker and stir. (Do not shake.) Pour through strainer over ice-filled glass and top with a few slices of jalapeno and a sprig of cilantro.