Blood Orange Soda Cocktail, the Molto Facile

Forget about fancy glassware, this blood orange cocktail is built in a soda can. Mezcal adds spicy kick to this citrusy drink.
Photo by Con Poulos

Courtesy Tim Cooper, beverage consultant, Bar Gonzo, New York City

Make the most of citrus season with this Italian-accented cocktail, presented in a casual way: an open-topped soda can and straw. Created for Los Angeles restaurant Gusto, this features Aranciata Rossa blood orange soda from Italy, along with either fresh-squeezed blood orange juice or frozen concentrate. Mezcal (or, in a pinch, Tequila) adds peppery piquancy.

Ingredients
  • 2 ounces Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa
  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • ½ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ounce fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, purée or concentrate
  • Blood orange wheel (for garnish)
Directions

Remove top of can with can opener. Reserve soda, and set empty can aside. In cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine mezcal, lemon juice, simple syrup and blood orange juice or concentrate. Shake well, and strain into can. Add soda and crushed ice. Garnish with blood orange wheel. Serve with straw.

Published on January 27, 2018
About the Author
Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She's the author of Shake.Stir.Sip.: 40 Effortless Cocktails Made In Equal Parts (Chronicle Books, 2016) as well as ROAD SODA: Recipes and techniques for making great cocktails, anywhere (Dovetail Press, 2017). Email: spirits@wineenthusiast.net



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