On the leftover nights, I don’t really bother with buying a bottle of wine. (Although one would have gone marvelously with the leftover crab rollatini and lettuces with ume plum and blood orange vinaigrette.) Instead, I mix up a couple of cocktails for Hades and me. And in a lovely turn of events, I wound up with something that I would eagerly serve at any cocktail party.
Cheers to seasonal leftovers and winter cocktails.
Blood Orange Nocturne, makes one
2 ounces blood orange juice
1.5 ounces lime thyme simple syrup (equal parts lime juice and sugar with a generous helping of fresh thyme sprigs, simmered until dissolved and cooled)
Splash of tonic water, or some champagne, if you’re feeling saucy. And you should.
3 supremed segments of blood orange, sprig of thyme for garnish
In a cocktail shaker combine the vodka, orange juice and syrup. Shake over ice until very cold. Pour into a martini glass, top with a float of tonic water or champagne, the orange slices and the thyme.
Playlist included Nocturne op. 9 no. 2, by Chopin.