The last few weeks at work have been surprisingly rough. It's not that I'm having problems with behaviors because for the first time in years I don't have any students with behavior problems. No, my problem this year is that I just can't get anything done. I feel like I'm so far behind and it's really stressful.
I have to plan for 5 groups a day, I have a lot of paper work to get finished, and I just can't keep up. I've actually been bringing home some of my work and doing it which I haven't had to do in the past. All that to say at the end of the day sometimes I like to have a cocktail and relax.
Before J was born I made a lot of cocktails. It wasn't unusual for me to make one or two different cocktails during a weekend to try and find one that I really liked. I haven't done that in at least a year but since I received a fun box of Freaky Fruits from Melissa's Produce I knew I wanted to make at least one cocktail with these fruits.
After going through the box I picked out a few passion fruit and a blood orange. I thought the tart flavor of the passion fruit would work well with the sweet blood orange and they both have a tropical feel so it was perfect. I just needed to figure out what type of cocktail to make.
After searching my mixer options I decided on a Blood Orange Passion Fruit Mule. I've been loving mules for the last few years and since I had ginger beer in the refrigerator I thought it would be great with these fruits. I whipped up a quick simple syrup and mixed it with the pulp and seeds from the passion fruit, the juice from the blood orange, and some fresh lime juice. I just happened to have some blood orange vodka as well but orange vodka would work as well.
I mixed it all together and divided it into two glasses filled with ice then topped it off with the ginger beer. The color of this cocktail is really pretty. It's a pinkish orange color and has the passion fruit seeds floating in it. The taste is amazing! It's definitely tropical but it has a bit of sweetness and a bit of tartness mixed with the flavor from the ginger beer. This is an awesome cocktail that's basically perfect any time of year!
- 3 Passion Fruit
- 1 Blood Orange
- 1 lime
- 2 T. simple syrup
- 2 oz. blood orange vodka (or just orange vodka)
- 12 oz. Ginger Beer
- Cut open the passion fruit and put the pulp and liquid in a cocktail shaker. Cut open the blood orange and squeeze the juice into the shaker. Cut open the lime and squeeze the juice into the shaker.
- Add the simply syrup and vodka to the glass. Shake for 30 seconds.
- Fill two tall glasses with ice.
- Divide the fruit and vodka mixture between the two glasses.
- Top each glass with 4 to 6 ounces of ginger beer.
- Garnish with a slice of lime.