Blood orange-mint syrup and a Red Gin Spritz
Blood Orange-Mint Gin Fizz Erin McDowell

You may find “I Love You” teddy bears just a tad nauseating. You might roll your eyes when your cubicle mate receives a dump truck’s worth of roses. But unless you have a stone-cold heart, you’re going to want something sweet on Valentine’s Day. Our plan: a pretty orangey-pink cocktail. This super-simple blood orange syrup recipe is a great way to get started. Just add liquor and a healthy dose of bubbly and you’re fully set to celebrate (or completely ignore) the day in question.

Makes about 2 1/2 cups
Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Blood Orange-Mint Syrup

3 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 12 large oranges)

1 cup sugar

2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint

Red Gin Spritz

1 shot gin

2 shots Blood Orange-Mint Syrup

Splash of prosecco

Directions

1. Make the syrup: In a medium saucepan, bring the blood orange juice to a boil. Simmer the juice until it has reduced to about 1 cup, 5 to 6 minutes.

2. Add the sugar and return the mixture to a boil, stirring gently to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is fully dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the mint. Cool to room temperature.

3. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the gin with the syrup. Strain into a glass and finish with a healthy splash of prosecco. Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Finishing Touches

It's the details that count! Try these tips

  • If you don’t already have a citrus reamer, this recipe is the perfect excuse to get one. They come in wooden varieties with handles and spouted versions, both of which fit easily in a drawer.

  • Blood orange and mint isn’t the only citrus-herb combo that has us excited. Try this recipe with lemon and rosemary, or grapefruit and thyme.

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