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A Blood Orange Cocktail to Celebrate the Season

Not many fruits are in season during the latter part of winter, but there is one bright spot on this stretch of the produce calendar: blood oranges! This blushing citrus is at its best right around the months of February and March. Blood oranges are an obvious eye-catcher because of their stunning deep red color. That hue is more than just pretty, though—it’s caused by the presence of anthocyanins, pigments that also happen to be powerful antioxidants, which are hugely important for heart health and protecting against diseases like cancer. That’s all in addition to having loads of vitamin C, as you’d expect from any citrus. Oh, and a delicious taste that is reminiscent of a super-flavorful raspberry.

Blood oranges and their juice are great on their own or incorporated into salads, desserts, and many other dishes. But they lend themselves incredibly well to cocktails—you can try swapping out orange juice for blood orange juice in recipes for a delightful twist. Or just follow our recipe for a blood orange sparkler below—this low-alcohol cocktail is an especially great mimosa alternative at brunch. In addition to blood orange juice, it uses sparkling prosecco and Aperol, an Italian liqueur that you can pick up at any of our wine & spirits stores.

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Blood Orange Sparkler

Makes 4 drinks

  • 3 blood oranges or 1/2 cup bottled blood orange juice
  • 4 tablespoons Aperol liqueur
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 bottle Fairway prosecco

1. If using whole blood oranges: Cut one blood orange into very thin rounds. Halve the remaining two oranges and squeeze out the juice, discarding any seeds. Place the Aperol, squeezed or bottled juice, and ice cubes in a cocktail shaker and shake until well-chilled.

2. Strain and divide shaked mixture between four champagne or coupe glasses. Add one or two sliced blood orange rounds to each, if using. Pour prosecco over each and serve.

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