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A friend called in after work for a quick cocktail and catch up. I poured this beautiful Blood Orange and Ginger Sparkler and served it alongside a spread of simple appetizers.

BLOOD ORANGE AND GINGER SPARKLER

blood orange and ginger sparkler

1 cup water

1/2 cup sugar

2 tablespoons grated ginger

vodka

blood orange juice

sparkling wine

Combine water sugar and ginger in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let stand 15 minutes. Strain and discard the solids.

To prepare each cocktail, pour an ounce of vodka, 2 1/2 tablespoons of ginger syrup and 2 ounces of blood orange juice into a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Top with sparkling wine.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Cooking Light, January/February 2016

www.cookinglight.com/

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