Red Clover and Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

Prohibition is over folks!! Thyme has arrived and it’s time to party like it’s 1933! (Yes, I live in my own little speakeasy in my head. Don’t judge me!!)
So hubby and I are raiding the ol’ liquor cabinet post-baby (we’re not heavy or frequent drinkers, I just like to pretend that we are) and in the process, I’ve decided to mess around with some new drinks. Like this one!
This is basically a twist on a Sweet Tea Bourbon cocktail. I am still experimenting with and playing around with different ways to use red clover, and now that my nine months of teetotaling for Thyme are up, blogging about a boozy concoction (or two.. or three) were inevitable. Especially after eyeballing some of the delicious cocktails over at Veganosity! (CLICK HERE to check out this inspiring bloggers cocktail roundup blog post!)
So some of you guys know that I’m a whiskey gal. In fact, a quick search of cocktails on my blog will reveal a predominantly whiskey heavy drink list. In addition to being an all around favorite, bourbon whiskey was pretty much my pregnancy craving. Crazy, right? It became a running joke that when I had my daughter, my husband would meet me in the delivery room with a bottle of whiskey and a gym membership.
So after I downed my favorite whiskey drink (if you haven’t tried a Sazerac before, CLICK HERE and do so!), I moved on to mad / tipsy scientist mode.
As I said, I set out to make a classic Sweet Tea Bourbon, swapping an herbal red clover tea for the sweet tea in the recipe. Some versions of this classic drink call for an orange or lime muddle in the bourbon, but then I thought, HEY!! The organic local veggie co-op basket we get each week had a couple of blood oranges in it…. INSPIRATION!!!
Check it out! The result was visually appealing, (Can a drink be sexy? Because I think this drink is sexy!) and reminds me of a fruity, lighter version of my Cough Syrup Cocktail (CLICK HERE to check that one out).
Give it a try and let me know what you think!


Red Clover and Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

2 shots of red clover herbal tea
1 shot of bourbon
1 Β½ tablespoons of agave nectar
1 wedge of blood orange
Prepare an old fashioned glass with ice cubes, and add the red clover tea and agave nectar. Muddle the wedge of blood orange and the bourbon shot together, and strain into the old fashioned. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and enjoy!

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Gingi Freeman

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52 thoughts on “Red Clover and Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

  • 31 March, 2015 at 9:31 am

    Oh my gosh, LOVE blood orange! My favorite to-go-to drink is still gin tonic. I love Hendricks gin, so combine that with Fentimans tonic & a few slices of cucumber and I’m good to go! However I can appreciate a good whiskey for sureee

    • 31 March, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      I’m kind of scared of gin.. the first time I ever tried gin, it gave me BAD heartburn that lasted for DAYS. It was awful! Now I only drink cocktails that have a tiny splash of gin, haha..

  • 31 March, 2015 at 11:06 am

    This looks so pretty! Sadly, I’m not a bourbon girl at all. I’m not sure how I was born in Kentucky because I always thought it was in the milk up there or something.

    • 31 March, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Born in Kentucky, and you don’t like bourbon?! That’s like.. some kind of southern blasphemy right there! lol! πŸ˜‰

  • 31 March, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    I totally think a drink can be sexy! I was just talking to my hubby the other night about how I used to love lemonade and bourbon in college, but THIS sounds absolutely delightful. Now that I live in Scotland I need to get better aquainted with Scotch whisky, but I’m sort of a novice with it all at the moment!

    • 31 March, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      For Christmas, my husband got me a nice bottle of Scottish Whiskey to have when I deliver the baby.. hehe. I am more versed in Tennessee Whiskey, but I’m wanting to branch out and learn more.. it’s like.. heavy wine tasting. haha!

    • 31 March, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Yay! Glad you like it! And thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope we can keep in touch! <3

  • 31 March, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I’m not a huge whiskey fan but I’m always up to try a new cocktail.
    Yes, this drink does look sexy!!

  • 31 March, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for linking to my cocktail roundup my friend! πŸ™‚

    Well aren’t you lucky, you craved whiskey while you were pregnant and I craved cabbage. Seriously lame.

    This drink looks great. I’m not a whiskey drinker, but I have to admit, this looks pretty darn good. I just might have to get my sexy on tonight. πŸ˜‰

    • 31 March, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Of course my friend! Love, love, LOVE your blog. I need some of your food photography (and skills!) to rub off on me. πŸ˜‰

  • 31 March, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    This sounds absolutely delightful! As a bourbon gal myself, this is a definite try for me! <3

    • 31 March, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      If you try it, lemme know what you think! <3

  • 31 March, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Hi there! Love the blog. Sadly I’m not a bourban girl but I do have some friends who are and this would be perfect for them!! Have a great day πŸ™‚

  • 31 March, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    I love the way blood oranges look. If I want to spruce up the normal orange recipes, I add these.

    • 31 March, 2015 at 9:13 pm

      I didn’t mention it in the post, but this was actually my FIRST time trying blood oranges, haha! I was surprised when we got them in our basket this week!

  • 31 March, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    oh yumm! blood orange and bourbon are two of my favorite things on this earth and you made’em shine in this cocktail, Gingi! loved it!

    • 1 April, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      Yay! Love your creations, so that’s quite the compliment!! <3

  • 31 March, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Well, I’ve only had whiskey and bourbon when chicken has been cooked in it. But I love how you infused Red Clover tea and blood orange into this drink. I’ve never really heard of that combo before! I’m going to have to try this Red Clover tea of yours!

    • 1 April, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      Yes, you do!! You should plant some Red Clover in your garden this spring! Seeds germinate in just 3 days! Talk about fast turn around! πŸ˜‰

  • 1 April, 2015 at 12:26 am

    That does look sexy! I’m more of a beer girl, but my husband has been having a lot of fun using his vintage bar tools and really wants to expand his cocktail knowledge. We’re thinking of adding a feature on my blog about retro drinks!

    • 1 April, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      OMG, you should!!! You can count me as a reader, haha. I LOVE retro boozy drinks!

  • 1 April, 2015 at 12:51 am

    This sounds so good! I love anything with blood oranges. I had blood orange trees in my yard when I lived in Sicily. I ate my weight in them daily.

    • 1 April, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      If you do try it, lemme know what you think!! πŸ™‚

  • 1 April, 2015 at 9:47 am

    Hmmmm that sounds amazing!

    XO Imke

  • 1 April, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Knock-Knockity-Knock-Knock — if I know the secret door knock, can I come into your speakeasy and you make me one of these yummies?

    • 1 April, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      *gives you the slight mafia-esque nod* Come on in girly, let’s go get our flapper on! It’ll be the bees knees! ^_^

  • 1 April, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    This looks interesting! I have to admit that I only tried Whiskey once when I was maybe 18 or 19 but did not like it very much. I guess I have to give it another try! Thanks for sharing!

    • 1 April, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Let me know what you think of it!! <3 <3

  • 1 April, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Yum! This does look delicious! I still have two and a half months left on my prohibition, so I will have to save this one for later! But I’m adding it to my Weekly Button Up for recipes, cause it sounds so darn good!

    • 1 April, 2015 at 9:08 pm

      Ohhh yay!! I’ll have to check this out! And thank you for connecting!! <3

  • 1 April, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    Well you had me at bourbon and blood orange. I made a blood orange, ginger, and hibiscus marg the other week and it just knocked my socks off. This would be totally different, but bourbon and citrus and that extra tart of the blood orange would pair so well!

    • 3 April, 2015 at 12:59 am

      Mmmmm, yours sounds awesome sauce too!!! That’s it. We need to party. πŸ˜‰

  • 2 April, 2015 at 12:58 am

    This is so creative! And the red clover again. Totally intrigues me.

  • 2 April, 2015 at 10:31 pm

    The blood orange slice was the finishing touch !

    All the best Jan

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