Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash

I absolutely adore blood oranges. I like them so much I had to buy a dwarf blood orange tree about 9 months ago. I got one that purposefully had four tiny green oranges already on it so I was sure I would get some kind of harvest eventually. I was very patient… and I mean VERY patient. They only started becoming ripe a couple weeks ago. I was so excited I just HAD to do blood orange week. I have so many ideas rattling around in my brain, how do I just narrow it down to three?

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

I always dreamed of having enough blood oranges to make a huge pitcher of juice. I love the color, it’s so much fun! Not to mention the sweet tart flavor it has is so much better than normal orange juice I just want to drink gallons of it.

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

Logically I had to do a drink. As easy it would be to tell you just to squeeze 30 blood oranges into a pitcher and drink up, I figured you might want something a bit more sophisticated. Randomly I ran across a cocktail called a “Smash”. Have you heard of it? I hadn’t, so I researched it more.

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

If you marry fresh fruit, herbs, alcohol and chipped ice, then you have a smash. Well okay then! During a gift exchange around the holidays I procured a bottle of tequila silver that I hadn’t opened yet. So I had a base and a fruit. I needed an herb but I wanted something that could hold it’s own over the blood orange and tequila which are both distinctive tastes.

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

By using rosemary you get the punch of fresh earthy herb that gets through the coldness of the cocktail. I was excited to use my sister’s cocktail shaker which had been sitting on my shelf for a couple months collecting dust. It’s a small one but fits a nice amount of liquid in it so it was easy to whip up a few cocktails.

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

 

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

One of the tips I discovered was cold glasses. The one thing I loved about this cocktail was how cold everything is so to keep it that way, the glasses have to be cold. I stuck them in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before I mixed it all up. Definitely want to make this again in the summer, it would be so refreshing!

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash ~ www.onefineshindig.com

 

Rosemary Blood Orange Tequila Smash
Serves 2
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Ingredients
  1. 2 measures tequila silver
  2. 1/2 small blood orange peeled
  3. 1 tablespoon simple syrup
  4. 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves
  5. Ice, chipped or crushed
Instructions
  1. Place glasses in freezer for at least 15 minutes.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, add blood orange, simple syrup and rosemary. Crush with a muddler for 30 seconds until flavors are released. Add tequila and half a handful of ice. Shake for 15 seconds.
  3. In a glass add a generous handful of ice. Pour cocktail over ice and enjoy!
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