2 Clean & Classy Blood Orange Cocktails To Celebrate A Happy 1st Blogiversary!

Blogiversary Collage TCD 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!

The "Carolina Sunrise" - a clean & classy vodka based cocktail with only 3 ingredients!

The "Carolina Sunrise" - a clean & classy vodka based cocktail with only 3 ingredients!

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!

Carolina Sunrise
 
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • Juice from 2-3 blood oranges, freshly squeezed
  • Juice from 1 orange, freshly squeezed
  • 2 shots (potato) vodka
Directions
  1. Fill two medium size glasses with ice.
  2. Add one shot of vodka to each glass, fill with blood orange juice (to about 1 inch under the rim) and stir.
  3. Slowly pour in orange juice until glass is filled and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Notes
To keep orange juice from blending with blood orange juice, hold a spoon (hollow part facing down) over the glass then slowly pour orange juice on top of the spoon. That way, you will avoid a big impact on the surface and keep the colors separated.

 

 

Blood Orange Ginger Fizz - a clean & classy champagne cocktail!

 

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!

 

Blood Orange Ginger Fizz
 
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Serve 5 parts sparkling wine with 2 parts blood orange juice and a few drops of freshly squeezed ginger juice!
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Recipe type: Cocktail
Ingredients
  • 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)
Directions
  1. 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.
  2. Serve immediately & enjoy!
Notes
I usually add ginger to my juicer but if you don't have one, try squeezing ginger with a garlic press.

 

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Comments

  1. Jules @ WolfItDown says

    I love love love the sound of both of these! The fact that they’re not overly sweet is even better, as I find cocktails to be a little too sugary most times. I’m intrigued by the ginger fizz! Tangy gingery goodness, mmm *smiles* x

  2. Winnie says

    I cannot believe you’ve only been blogging for a year, Rose! You are so talented and I am so happy to have “met” you :)

  3. Stephanie says

    Congratulations on your first anniversary, Rose! I have only recently discovered your blog and look forward to seeing what yumminess you concoct for us in the coming year.
    Do you think putting a small disk of fresh ginger on the bottom of the glass would give it the same flavor, or does it need to be pressed/juiced?

    • Rose says

      Thank you so much, Stephanie! I’m sorry for the delayed response – I think putting a disk of ginger in the glass would work great! Especially for those who only want a tad bit of ginger flavor. Great idea! I will try it myself next time I make these cocktails :) Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Erin @ Texanerin Baking says

    Yay! Happy blogging anniversary! I really can’t believe it’s been a year already (although you seem like you’ve been blogging for a lot longer). :)

    These cocktails look perfect! I wish I had one right now. :)

    • Rose says

      Thanks so much Erin! I definitely owe you – I would have never started blogging if it hadn’t been for you :)
      We’ll have some cocktails in Frankfurt – can’t wait!! :)

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