Last weekend was a beautiful sunny weekend. It got up to 18 degrees! Not only was it sunny, it was also warm. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our first taste of summer-ish weather than with a Mojito. And since its still the season, a blood orange mojito was in order.
Debbie and I both had the same idea it seemed. Shortly after I got to her house I pulled out this beautiful bundle of organic mint that I got at Whole Foods the day before, buried my face in it and inhaled deeply. It smelled so incredibly fresh! I passed the bundle to Debbie, but she had her face buried in her own bundle of mint. So we stood there with our noses shoved in the middle and breathed in the scent of summer…
Just for a second.
And then we made mojitos!
Isn’t it gorgeous?
Blood Oranges don’t actually have too much juice in them. Juicy to eat, but not so much when you are squeezing it out. Maybe it was just our oranges, but we squeezed 6 or 7 oranges and that made enough juice for only 4 mojitos! Its a lot of work, but I still think its worth it for that sweet citrus flavor and bright raspberry red juice.
The blood orange juice is quite sweet so you really don’t need a lot of sweetener in this cocktail, or any at all if you would rather. We used just a half a tsp of honey, but you could use simple syrup too and use as much or as little as you like. Start with half a tsp and adjust as you need to.
Debbie has this awesome machine for carbonating beverages called a SodaStream Fountain. She can use it to turn regular tap water into carbonated water. You can use it to make all different kinds of soda with it using a Co2 cartridge. You don’t even need a battery or electricity to power the fountain which makes it perfect for camping! Plus, if you choose to make flavored soda with your SodaStream Fountain, the flavors that they have do not contain high fructose syrup or aspartame.
We love Debbie’s for how convenient it is. We didn’t have to worry about running out of club soda while making these mojitos. And we may have had one or two more regular lime mojitos after our blood orange juice ran out… It was mojito weather after all!
(Just in case, we wanted to let you know that we have not been contacted by the company that makes the Sodastream Fountain or paid in any way for posting our opinions about it. Debbie really does have one of these that she bought herself and we really do use it ALL the time. Its awesome.)
I will sure be sorry to see the Blood Oranges disappear from the produce section. In the meantime however, Debbie and I will be putting this beautiful fruit to good use. Mixed with Rum. Or Tequila in a Blood Orange and Pineapple Margarita. Or with Vodka in a Blood Orange Martini.
Happy Friday Everyone! Enjoy.
- 2 oz blood orange juice (at least one orange)
- 2 oz rum
- ½ - 1 tsp honey
- 4 - 8 mint leaves
- ½ lime juiced
- 4 - 6 oz club soda
- Juice your blood oranges. Enough to make 2 oz of juice per cocktail.
- Add the orange juice, rum, mint , lime juice and honey to a glass.
- Muddle all the flavors together. Especially the mint.
- Fill your glass with ice.
- Fill the glass with club soda, give it a good stir and enjoy!