Brûléed Blood Orange Citrus Cocktails

Brûléed Blood Orange Citrus Cocktails

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INGREDIENTS

For the Cocktail:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • 1 oz citrus cordial
  • .5 oz fresh squeezed/strained lemon juice
  • Tiny pinch of salt

For the Cordial:

  • Blood oranges (however many you'd like, at least 3)
  • Sugar

For the Brûléed Citrus Wheels:

  • Sliced blood orange
  • Sugar
DIRECTIONS

For the Cocktail:

Combine all in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain over one large ice cube or into a chilled coupe. 

For the Cordial:

(1) Using a peeler, remove the zest from the oranges in wide strips, trying to avoid the bitter white pith as much as possible. Use a paring knife to slice or scrape off any excess pith from each strip. 

(2) Juice the oranges, then weigh the juice on a kitchen scale. Add the juice and an equal amount (by weight) of sugar to a blender, and blend on high speed until the sugar dissolves. 

(3) If using the sous vide method, carefully transfer the peels and juice/sugar mixture to a plastic bag, and seal according to sous vide instructions. Submerge in a 135 degree Fahrenheit water bath for 2 hours, then plunge bag into an ice bath to cool. Strain before use and store in the fridge. 

(4) If using the overnight method, combine the peels and juice/sugar mixture in a tightly sealed container, and let sit in the fridge overnight. Strain out the peels before use, then store in the fridge.

For the Brûléed Citrus Wheels:

(1) Place the citrus wheels on a heat proof surface (like a baking sheet) and add a small amount of sugar to the top, just enough to cover in a thin layer. 

(2) Using a circular motion, pass the flame of a culinary torch repeatedly over the sugar until it boils and turns lightly charred and amber. 

*Alternately, use a broiler set on high to caramelize the sugar, or char the sugared citrus wheels on a hot grill.