This cocktail recipe requires a bit more time and effort for preparation than most of the ones I post, but sometimes it is simply worth the extra work for the delicious (and gorgeous!) end product. This cocktail recipe fro Kitchen Confidante fits the bill.
You may have noticed that I am posting wine spritzer recipes every Friday recently. Weekends in the summer are the perfect time opportunity for a little day drinking, and I always love something a little lighter to drink during the day. Wine spritzers work well as a light cocktail.
Lemongrass & Blood Orange Wine Spritzer
2 stalks lemongrass (plus more for garnish, if desired)
2 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
* Trim off the ends of the lemongrass and cut into 2 inch pieces.
* Using a mortar and pestle or the back of the knife, crush the lemongrass stalks to release the juice.
* Combine the lemongrass, water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
* Lower heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
* Let cool in the refrigerator and strain.
2 cups lemongrass syrup
1/2 cup blood orange juice
white wine (Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio work well)
* Fill four glasses with ice cubes.
* Add 1/2 cup lemongrass juice and 1/8 cup blood orange juice to each glass.
* Fill the remainder of the glass with white wine and a splash with seltzer water.
* Garnish with lemongrass stalk.
More Wine Spritzers to try this Summer: