The Clean Dish is celebrating its 1st Blogiversary with a refreshing Blood Orange Ginger Fizz – a variation of the classic French 75 made with sparkling wine and a “Carolina Sunrise” – a screwdriver mixed with blood oranges. Dare I say, these beverages are not without health benefits!
Yes – I have made it through my first year of blogging and I had a blast!
Looking back onto some of my first posts, I can confidently say that The Clean Dish has come a long way! Just recently, I have updated my blog (as you may have noticed) to a fresher, cleaner look and I can proudly announce that I have a larger readership after one year of blogging than I thought I would ever have! Thank you, my dear readers and friends for following me on my Real Food journey!
Although I know there is absolutely no way that I’m the first person ever to make this cocktail, I do know that I have never seen it before and frankly, it was kind of an accident.
We were having blood orange screwdrivers the other night and ran out of blood oranges so my husband juiced a regular orange and we poured it over what was left in his glass – it looked spectacular or shall I say, blog-worthy so here we go! I am presenting you the “Carolina Sunrise” named after our current home state.
While I was researching good vodka I learned that most vodkas these days are grain based. Am I truly the last person who believed vodka was made from potatoes? At least in Europe (Germany) where I grew up, we predominantly had access to potato based vodka so I was a little bit shocked at first but as it turns out, Poland is still on top of their game; I found a great and affordable potato vodka from our European neighbors and I am thrilled that I can still enjoy a few “clean” cocktails!
- Juice from 2-3 blood oranges, freshly squeezed
- Juice from 1 orange, freshly squeezed
- 2 shots (potato) vodka
- Fill two medium size glasses with ice.
- Add one shot of vodka to each glass, fill with blood orange juice (to about 1 inch under the rim) and stir.
- Slowly pour in orange juice until glass is filled and serve immediately. Enjoy!
A celebration wouldn’t be complete without sparkling wine and to keep it extra-classy, I made Blood Orange Ginger Fizz for brunch over the weekend which turned into an instant favorite!
If you haven’t built a tolerance for straight up ginger juice like we have, go easy on it! Add just a few drops to your glass and taste it; add a few more if you can take it! Ginger is one of my favorite health foods but the flavor is intense. You can easily make this drink without ginger if you’re not a fan, obviously. Chin chin!
- Chilled dry sparkling wine or champagne (5 parts)
- Juice from blood oranges, freshly squeezed (2 parts)
- Ginger root juice; a few drops per glass (see notes)
- Fill your glasses with 2 parts blood orange juice, add a few drops of fresh squeezed ginger juice, then top off with 5 parts of sparkling wine per glass.
- Serve immediately & enjoy!