Blood Orange Cocktail
24th March 2023
You could call this a twist on the classic Mimosa, but that would be an understatement, it’s so much more than that, using the characteristics of Blood Orange to our advantage, we called in some help from a variety of other fruits to craft an exceptionally delicious and healthy-tasting cocktail, blending Sparkling Wine, Gin and Fruit together in an exciting fashion. Grab your blender, pop open your bottle of fizz and enjoy.
The Sparkling Wine – Borgo Conventi
Borgo Conventi has been taking care of its vineyards since 1975. The land on which Borgo Conventi is located was once owned by a noble landowner, where the first monastery in Farra d’Isonzo was built, today the land is covered by vines and the Borgo Conventi estate.
In 2001 the estate was acquired by the Folonari family, this brought in a higher production level without trading in any traditions. Currently, the winery produces over 300,000 bottles of wine each year.
I had the pleasure of visiting Borgo Conventi a few years back, the estate is a mixture of money and comfort, keeping its nostalgic history while incorporating new and modern styles. We travelled up into their vineyards where we enjoyed a bottle of their Sparkling Wine. Currently, my opinion stands that the best way to enjoy a bottle of Sparkling Wine is in the vineyard that grew the grapes and with the people who produced it, the wine itself won’t technically taste any better, but you’ll be so high on the moment that your mind will make it taste like the angels have blessed you with this Glass of Bubbly.
Borgo Conventi – Ribolla Gialla – Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Lovely floral aromas and blossom, with prominent yellow floral, nice delicate citrus and hints of green fruits on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Very slick yellow citrus with yellow floral notes, yellow rose petals, and green apple citrus flavours.”
Silver Medal in the Spring Fling Category at the Glass of Bubbly Awards 2022
The Gin – Hensol Castle
Just outside of Cardiff you’ll find South Wales’ first full scale gin distillery, visitor experience, gin school and contract bottling plant, all distilling nicely in the cellars of the 17th century Hensol Castle.
We’re exploring a Gin from their Hensol Castle Gin collection, with each bottle being handcrafted in Wales, being distilled in the cellars of the 17th century castle and then shipped out across the United Kingdom.
Hensol Castle Gin – Blood Orange Zest – Tasting Notes – “Lovely ripe blood orange and lemon characters, both zesty and soft on the palate, with juniper in the background lifting the requested flavours forward.”
Blood Orange Cocktail
- Sparkling Wine
- Blood Orange
- Dried Blood Orange Wheels (optional)
How To Make The Blood Orange Cocktail
- Grab your Blender
- Place in 1 Strawberry, Half a Persimmon and a Whole Blood Orange (or Orange)
- Blend and Pour in 50mls into your Glass
- Add 50mls of Sparkling Wine
- Then 25mls more of your Blended Mixture
- Garnish with Two Dried Blood Orange Wheels
Blood Orange Cocktail Tasting Notes
Aroma – “Blood orange, orange, persimmon, hints of strawberries with zesty green apple skins on the aroma.”
Flavour – “Silky smooth smoothie texture, tastes exceptionally healthy, with a lovely touch of alcohol, persimmon, blood orange and strawberry all showcase themselves together, with a delicate touch from the Fizz adding zesty characters and the Gin adding to the blood orange flavours, then it heads straight back into its exceedingly smooth texture, finishing on a delicious, fruity and healthy high.”
Image Credit: Blood Moon
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