“In Cold Blood” Orange Blossom Cocktail and an Anniversary!

by Cara Nicoletti on April 15, 2013

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In Cold Blood Orange Blossom Cocktail
makes 1
Ingredients:

    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

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dave

Directions:
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!

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Eboni April 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Cara, yes! Wonderful! Lovely! Heaven! I love “In Cold Blood” so much. My family always teases me– I read it in one sitting during a trip to visit relatives in Massachusetts. I couldn’t put the sucker down, the only thing that would’ve made it better is this cocktail! Happy Anniversary!

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Deb April 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Can’t wait to make these at the cabana!

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Georgia @ Notes on Tea April 15, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Happy Anniversary!
Looks like you’re beckoning warm(er) weather with this cocktail.

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Susan Corson April 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

Cara – Happy Anniversary!! and Thanks for three wonderful years of yummybooks. I’m always so happy to see a new post pop up in my email. Cheers!!!

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Michelle April 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Many happy returns!

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Marcy April 17, 2013 at 6:59 am

Cara, Congrats on 3 fantastic years of beautiful creative posts. I look forward to many more years
of Yummy Books and to all your future literary successes.

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india April 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

I can think of a certain bachelorette party this will be a hit at.

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Elizabeth Aquino April 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

Happy third blogaversary. That drink looks divine.

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Danielle June 17, 2013 at 9:51 am

I’m putting together a little literary cocktail roundup @ Ostrich Review and would love to include your Orange Blossom Cocktail. Please let me know if this isn’t okay, as I’d hate to step on your toes!

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Cara Nicoletti June 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

I hope I’m not too late, Danielle–please feel free! Thanks for reading!

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Danielle June 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Not at all! The post is scheduled for this upcoming Tuesday :)

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