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

by Cara Nicoletti on April 15, 2013


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
makes 1

    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!


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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!


Deb April 15, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Can’t wait to make these at the cabana!


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

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


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!!!


Michelle April 16, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Many happy returns!


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.


india April 18, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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


Elizabeth Aquino April 19, 2013 at 1:25 am

Happy third blogaversary. That drink looks divine.


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!


Cara Nicoletti June 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

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


Danielle June 20, 2013 at 6:48 pm

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


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