Happy Hour: Blood Orange + Mint Sunset

Good day, friends! We’re as happy as clams {hey, we’re from the Pacific Northwest!} with our brand new Lifestyle look. It’s been a bit of a labor of love, with coding and more coding, sketching, coloring and more coding. Whew! Have you noticed that we did some spring cleaning? We incorporated Aleah’s illustrations {and a few from her brother, too} into our new header, did away with our scrolling borders and fonts, added some new side bar illustrations, and gave our Lifestyle brand a new lease on {spring} life. Whatdya think?

We’d love to hear your thoughts and hope you enjoy our recipes, trials and tribulations of our {new} 1920s Green Lake home, event and entertaining tips and all sorts of life’s fineries with a cup of tea, glass of wine or mug of coffee daily. Shall we have a cocktail to celebrate?

blood orange and mint sunset

arrow 1youllneedblood oranges  || 1 oz. blood orange liqueur || .5 oz. gin ||  seltzer water || a handful of mint leaves || ice || fine grained sugar

Dampen the rim of a low ball glass and dip in sugar. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom the low ball. Add ice, blood orange liqueur and gin. Stir and top with seltzer water. Serve with orange wedges and mint leaves as garnish. Cheers!

Editor’s note: if you want a mocktail version, substitute the liqueur with blood orange juice and omit the gin.

blood orange + mint sunset

May we say scrumptious? blood orange + mint sunset

Photos and recipe: Valley & Co.

Oh, and this cocktail is one you can mix up in batches for a spring party.

party tips

…make these in batches in a pitcher brimming with ice and mint leaves

…station iced glasses {stow them in a freezer for about 10 minutes until they’re nice and frosty} on a bar cart or table along with all of the drink fixings for a make-your-own bar

…serve up dehydrated orange slices for a tasty treat




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