I bought a bottle of Charbay Blood Orange-flavored vodka Friday night. Opened it up last night, with no clue how to mix it (I'm NOT an accomplished mixologist - I've only recently branched out into mixing drinks at home). First beverage was just a bit of the vodka mixed with club soda, to get the taste of the spirit. It was much more bitter than expected. I didn't make another drink with the stuff, but I did one for a guest that was a bit of the blood orange vodka, a splash of vanilla vodka, some soda water. At his request, I added some sugar, which he said improved the taste.
Has anyone in Chow-land experienced this or any other blood orange-flavored vodka? What do you mix it with? Do you have any good cocktail recipes? It was kind of an expensive bottle, so I'd like a beverage where the blood orange is the predominant flavor. I'm willing to buy additional ingredients, but this is what I have in stock in my liquor cabinet right now. I'm listing everything in order to spark your creativity, not necessarily because I think it would go well with blood orange vodka.
Tart Cherry Juice
Limes (lots of them!)
Martini i Rossi Asti spumante
Bottle of Zinfandel
1/2 bottle of Boujelais-Villages
Brugal anejo (aged Dominican "gold" rum)
Absolut vanilla (vodka)
Firefly Sweet tea (vodka)