DIY Friday: Jeanees Spiced Blood Orange Fizz
Our gift tags were recently featured on a lovely craft blog finelycrafted.net. I got ‘chatting’ to clever creator Jeanee to find she had quite an amazing portfolio in the craft world, including writing a book ‘Abode à la Mode: 44 Projects for Hip Home Décor’ (Sterling, 2005), starring in the DVD ‘Re-Construct: Eco-Friendly Crafts Made Easy’ (Eyekiss, 2009), and co-designing ‘Honeydoux jewellery’ along with writing the Dining Out column for Atlanta’s Newcomer magazine.
With such an amazing list of achievements (and sharing lots of passions in design and craft with yours truly), I asked if Jeanee would like to contribute to our blog with a DIY Friday….WELL…as it turns out Jeanee also Hosts Project Runway Series parties (I KNOW!! What is there this talented lady doesn’t do??!!) For each party, Jeanee designs a new cocktail….she would be happy to share with us one of her new recipes. WELL INDEED!!!
So it is with the greatest honour and pleasure that we share Jeanees ‘Spiced Blood Orange Fizz’ recipe with you, I will let her tell you ALL about it!
When I have ladyfriends over for TV night, I always serve a special cocktail. I like tall, fruity drinks that work with or without alcohol so that my guests can opt for a “virgin”—after all, these parties are usually on weeknights! This blood orange fizz hits the spot year-round, but the clove flavor is especially nice in chilly months. If you like, multiply the recipe and make it in a pitcher or punchbowl ahead of time, but hold off on the sparkling water until just before serving.
Blood orange juice, fresh squeezed or bottled
Clove syrup (see recipe below)
Dark, sweet cherries preserved in syrup
Orange peel spiral (see directions below)
Fill a tall glass with ice. Add a shot of gin, then fill 2/3 with blood orange juice. Next add 1 tablespoon of clove syrup, a few cherries, and a drizzle of cherry syrup. Taste and adjust for sweetness. Top off with sparkling water and stir with a straw. Garnish with an orange peel spiral.
1 cup filtered water
1 cup turbinado sugar
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer. Add the sugar and cloves, and stir to dissolve. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool. It will keep in the refrigerator for a few weeks.
Orange Peel Spiral
Use a vegetable peeler to make a long strip of orange peel, being careful not to include any white pith. I find it easiest to make a fat strip, then cut it in half lengthwise. Hold one end of a strip against a skewer, spiral the peel around, and hold both ends for 10 seconds.
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