People like me who live in sunshine year-round often find the idea of snow and cold weather dreamy. At least until they spend real time experiencing snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. This last journey to the north during winter has cured me of my romanticism. Give me sunshine and humidity. I will deal with tropical downpours and hurricanes, and humidity you can cut with a knife. I will sit on my patio, enjoy the iceless view, with a cocktail.
Citrus is peaking here in the south, and we can assume all this beautiful citrus is being shipped all over the country to be enjoyed. This is why this simply prepared and delicious cocktail using blood oranges, and fresh lemon juice would be a salve to the woes of freezing temps.
Bloodied Knees Cocktail
2 oz. good quality gin
2/3 oz. blood orange juice
2/3 honey simple syrup (Note: dissolve equal parts honey to equal parts warm water)
2/3 oz. fresh lemon juice
Garnish: Orange zest
Place all the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass with the strip of orange zest.