Blood Orange Blizzard


If you're suffering from an Olympic chocolate hangover after too many bicerins, here's a fresh, tangy, seasonal alternative to bring you back from Torino -- a Chapala, made with Winter's bounty of blood oranges. (Read more about the bicerin from chocophile David Lebovitz).

The Chapala is a variation on the Tequila Sunrise, but with the addition of fresh lime. In this version, born in the snowstorm, blood orange juice is substituted for plain O.J. Forget any possibility of a vision of a sunrise in a glass, for the blood orange juice blankets everything in a blizzard of deep red color.

Blood Orange Chapala
Adapted from Cesar: Recipes from a Tapas Bar

1 1/2 ounces tequila
Freshly squeezed blood orange juice to fill
Juice of 1/2 lime
Splash of grenadine

Pour the tequila, blood orange juice, and lime juice into a highball glass over ice. Pour the contents of the glass into a cocktail shaker and mix (with minimal agitation). Return the ice, juice, and liquor to the glass and pour in the grenadine.



Or make it with mezcal, rim the glass with sal de gusano (salt mixed with ground maguey worms), and you have the Donaji cocktail, a favorite in the southern Mexico state of Oaxaca.


A few weeks ago I made a blood orange cocktail with gin, bitters, and a splash of tonic. It worked out very nicely. has a photo.

It seems like tequila would be equally at home with the citrus intensity, though for some reason, I never have grenadine around. I wonder if Cointreau, which I do have, would complement or compete with the flavor of the blood oranges.


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