Today is the three year anniversary of Yummy Books! Three years ago I had just quit my job as a barista and was working as a baker at a Southern comfort food restaurant called Pies N’ Thighs in Brooklyn. I was still sunburnt from my first ever trip to California, heartbroken over the boy I now live with, running a literary supper club out of my tiny apartment, and reading Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
Throughout the novel they are always drinking a cocktail called an “orange blossom.” It sounds so refreshing and elegant doesn’t it? Well, turns out it’s just gin and orange juice, which we all know isn’t really that elegant.
So I had Dave from Richlane in Brooklyn help me come up with something a little bit more interesting and infinitely more delicious–a cocktail worth celebrating an anniversary with, a cocktail that, I think, the booze-loving Truman Capote would definitely have approved of.
In Cold Blood Orange Blossom Cocktail
1 1/2 oz gin (we used Dorothy Parker gin by New York Distilling Company because it’s made right down the street and it’s darn good)
1 1/2 oz vermouth
1/2 oz cointreau
2 dashes of orange bitters
1 thick sliver of orange peel
Pour all of your liquid ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well , strain into a cocktail glass, squeeze orange peel into cocktail and around the edges of the glass then place it in the cocktail as a garnish. DRINK!