The Winter Sun Cocktail

January 14, 2016

Things have been a little quiet on the blog the past few weeks. I have taken a bit of a break from blogging over the holidays (a side from drinks over on Instagram) and was relaxing a bit, reflecting, and getting things in order for the new year. But I am baaaaack.

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coThe Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coWe all need a little extra vitamin C to give us a pep-in-our-step this time of year, and I am brining it to you today in the form of a delicious cocktail!

The Winter Sun cocktail is just that, a dose of sunshine in your glass! And who can deny it with a color like that? A mix of blood orange and Aperol give it a rich and intense orange hue that just begs to be sipped on. Get rid of that those mid-winter blues with a punch of orange!

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coBlood oranges are in the peak of their season which means they are extra rip and juicy, yuuuum! There is just something about blood oranges that has captured the culinary and drink world by storm the past few years. Maybe it’s their unassuming exterior that gives way to the crimson flesh, or their sweet and slightly bitter flavor, but one thing is for sure, they are here to stay. They have a lower acidity then regular navel oranges so when using in place of oranges in recipes, adjust the blood orange accordingly to get the acidity correct.

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coIf you have never had Aperol before (not even an Aperol Spritz?) it is often compared to being Campari’s sweeter, orange packed sister. Despite it’s sweeter profile, It is still a bitter liqueur that adds a nice dry component to a drink. Comprised of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb and cinchona to name a few, it’s flavor is complex as it is delicious. In the Winter Sun, it brings a nice, well, bitterness to a drink that would other wise be lacking in flavor and touch too sweet.

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coThe Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coI love how herbs can perk up a drink, don’t you?  They bring a fresh flavor to a cocktail and as a garnish, they create another depth to the drink through their aroma alone. Plus, they just look dang pretty atop a tipple. Here I used thyme. It’s slighty earthy and herbacious that plays well with Aperol. Orange and thyme just make a great combindation in drinks as well as in dishes and desserts.

I can’t wait to make another round of these soon to chase those blues away!

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coThe Winter Sun

  • 1 1/2 oz gin (I used St George’s Botanivore for it’s subtle juniper notes)
  • 3/4 oz Aperol (c/o Campari America)
  • 3/4 oz blood orange juice
  • 1/2 oz thyme syrup (recipe below)
  • 2 oz soda water
  • thyme sprig & blood orange wheel, garnish

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coCombine all ingredients except for soda water into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with blood orange wheel and thyme sprig.

Thyme Rich Syrup

  • 5-7 large sprigs of thyme
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water

Place sugar and water in a saucepan on high. Allow the sugar to dissolve before adding the thyme sprigs. Bring to a boil and boil. Take off the heat and let cool, covered before using.

The Winter Sun cocktail // Craftandcocktails.coIf you love blood oranges as much as I do, be sure to check back during the season for even more recipes using these beauties. Trust me, there will be plenty of cocktails and even some food featuring this crimson citrus! What is your favorite blood orange drink?  I’d love to hear!

For more cocktails, you can find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, and Snapchat (@ashroseconway) 

Glassware via Crate & Barrel

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  • Reply Bek January 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Just discovered the amazingness that is blood oranges and they are the! So glad you’re back! This is one of my favorite blogs and your drinks are always on point.

    • Reply Ashley Rose January 15, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      They are sooo good, right?! So happy to hear 🙂 Rest assured, many more cocktails coming your way soon!

    • Reply Ashley Rose January 18, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Blood oranges are soooo amazing I can’t stop using them in drinks!

      Thank you for such kind words, I love to hear that!


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