Gin and Ginger with Blood Orange

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Sun in Seattle in March can make people do crazy crazy things. Like sit on the deck and drink cocktails as if it were summer.

Not that we’ve had that much sun. Just a hint.

Last week there was a sunny afternoon that I got to enjoy all by myself, on the way to the Joy the Baker book signing over at Book Larder (I’m totally the blonde in the front row, BTW). I even had the windows down while I blasted lcd soundsystem all the way there.

And there was another one the Very. Next. Day. So sunny and warm we let Lilli play outside in next to nothing while we sipped spring time cocktails on the deck.

It’s days like those that help us gather the courage (liquid or no) to give March the pep talk it needs to shape up it’s act and start acting a little more lamb-like.

In Like a Lion
makes 1

1 1/2 oz of your favorite Gin or Whiskey
1 glass of ice
1 good quality Ginger Ale, such as Boylan’s
1/8 of a Blood Orange (regular oranges are fine too)
Mint, optional

Squeeze the juice out of one section of orange into a glass with as much or as little ice as you like. If using mint, crush a few leaves between your fingers and add to the glass. Top with alcohol of choice and fill with ginger ale. Garnish with the same orange wedge.

I encourage you to try it both ways at least once–we originally thought the gin would be better but ended up preferring the whiskey.

Photo by Richie Graham on Flickr.