Many of us are getting excited about fall now that it’s September, but technically it’s still summer and I know some of you want to hold onto that as long as you can. This post is for you! I offer you a drink that is refreshing and spicy, which I think is perfect for this time of year when it’s still hot many days, but transitioning to fall.
The Water Gardens in Dorne sound like the perfect place to loll in the shade of orange trees near the sea, listening to the fountains and snacking on delicious cheeses and fruits. This refreshing cocktail is inspired by the flavors of that beautiful setting and it makes a wonderful accompaniment to any occasion, even if it’s the dead of winter. You might even want to prepare this with some Dornish snacks I recently posted. Blood oranges are in abundance in the Water Gardens so including their light sweetness was a must. Mint recalls the cool, refreshing water in the pools. The hot pepper adds a surprising spicy flavor, quite common in Dorne. Brandy is a liquor made by distilling wine and mixes well with citrus. You may know that Dorne is famous for its wine and particularly its strongwine. I think brandy would be a perfect Dornish liquor, but if you’re not a fan, feel free to substitute with your favorite or to leave it out entirely for a non-alcoholic version.
Water Gardens Cocktail
- 4-5 jalapeño slices (more or less to taste)
- 4-5 mint leaves
- 1/2 blood orange
- 2 oz brandy
- ginger beer
Muddle the jalapeño slices and mint leaves in the bottom of a glass.
Add ice to the glass to keep your beverage cool and extra refreshing.
Squeeze in the juice of the blood orange half and pour in the brandy.
Top with ginger beer.
Optional: Garnish with mint and slices of blood orange and jalapeño.
Now grab a good book, a shady spot under the orange trees and keep these coming. Enjoy the last days of summer!