I was invited to participate in the Stirrings “Stir It Up Holiday Blogger Mixology Challenge,” in which bloggers were challenged to create a holiday cocktail using select Stirrings products. Stirrings carries a variety of premium ingredients for creating “simply better cocktails,” including 12 cocktail mixers (2 of which are low-cal), 5 rimmers, simple syrup, grenadine, blood orange bitters, and olive brine for dirty martinis.
Participating bloggers were sent two cocktail mixers and two rimmers of their choosing to use in creating an original holiday cocktail. For this recipe I used the Blood Orange Cocktail Mix and the Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer. (I also received the Pomegranate Mixer and Cosmopolitan Rimmer — you know, for further experimentation.)
Here on the Gulf Coast, it’s kind of a big deal when the temperature drops enough to justify lighting the fireplace. I look forward to it all year, and the smell of wood-burning fireplaces permeating the cool air conjures up all kinds of happy holiday visions. No fire is as wonderful as the first fire of the winter season, which is the inspiration for this spicy little cocktail.
Adding a little jalapeño heat to the cocktail, and a touch of sweet heat to the rim, makes this an exciting cocktail to sip by that first fire.
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- 3 ounces Stirrings Simple Blood Orange Martini Cocktail Mix
- 1-1/2 ounces vodka
- 3 slices pickled jalapeño, plus 3 for garnish
- 3 tablespoons Stirrings Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer
- 1 teaspoon Cajun spice
- Mix Lemon Drop Martini Rimmer and Cajun spice together in a small bowl, then spread out on a flat plate. Moisten the rim of a martini glass by running a wedge of orange or lime around the rim, then dip into the mixture and rotate the glass until the rim is evenly coated.
- Combine Blood Orange Martini Cocktail Mix, vodka, and pickled jalapeño with lots of ice in a cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into rimmed glass, garnish with skewered pickled jalapeño slices, and serve.
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