By howtocookabear
February 3, 2011
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Author Notes: This is a little more trouble than I usually take with a cocktail, but the result is a piquant and refreshing beverage with a nice balance of sweet, sour, and spicy aspects. It would be equally fitting at brunch, on a picnic, or as a sundowner.

The recipe yields approximately one cup of syrup, enough for about five cocktails.

If you're a non-drinker or it's a non-drinking day, simply leave out the gin. Alternatively, the syrup could be poured over vanilla ice cream or a citrus-spiked poundcake. - howtocookabear

Food52 Review: Unlike other members of my family, who consider alcohol to be one of the four major food groups and enthusiastically support it in any way, shape, or form, the Spouse is rather picky about his choice of drinks. He's especially picky about those composed with gin, which run the gamut from "Bombay Sapphire and tonic, with lime " to "Beefeater and tonic, with lime." So I was quite anxious for his opinion on the Bloodhound, with its layers of flavors and intriguing meld of sweet, sour, and spicy. First comment: "It's red." Second comment: "There's club soda in it." Third comment: "This is really different." Fourth comment: "This is really good." Fifth comment: "Is there any more?" As promised, it was lovely and refreshing and different, and would be simply splendid for a brunch, on a picnic, or at sundown. I am delighted to have it in my repertoire and look forward to making it again for a group of guests.wssmom

Serves: 1

spiced blood orange syrup

  • 2 cups blood orange juice, strained
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 10 pods green cardamom, lightly crusshed with the back of a knife
  • 5 peppercorns
  • juice of one lime
  1. Combine ingredients in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  2. Let the mixture boil until reduced by half, about 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool before straining into a jar or other storage vessel.

assembling the cocktail

  • 1.5 ounces gin
  • 3 tablespoons spiced blood orange syrup
  • soda water
  • twist of blood orange, optional
  1. Add several ice cubes to a highball glass. Pour in gin and syrup and mix well. Top with another part (or half part) soda water and a twist.

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