So, here it is, after about half an hour or so of work, this is my Ghastly Blood and Fingernails cocktail. It's perfect as a novelty drink for Halloween parties, especially when served in the Vampire Glasses, alongside Caitlinsdad's Finger Food, or as a refreshing drink in the middle of summer.
Step 1: Ingredients
10 Blood oranges
1 punnet (250g) of strawberries
1 bottle of lemonade
1 packet of flaked almonds
You'll also need a citrus juicer, a blender, a sieve and some serving glasses (or a punchbowl).
When you're choosing blood oranges, the best ones to pick should be a fairly dark shade of orange, almost brown. The more even the darker orange, the riper it is. They also need to be soft, but not mushy. You want to get the most juice from them as possible. You should note, that this recipe makes enough for about seven people, but you should be able to modify it accordingly.
Obviously, you're not going to use the whole bottle of lemonade, or the whole packet of almonds, but I figure, it's far easier to just give you a shopping list than to go over inexact, potentially variable values.
Tip: If you choose, you can also supplement the lemonade for another sparkling liquid of your choosing. If you wanted, you could use ginger ale to give it a slightly spicier flavour or you could use plain sparkling mineral water. If you wish make it slightly more adults-only, you can also include your choice of spirits to the mix.
Tip: The original recipe actually calls for raspberries as well as strawberries. Personally, I don't think it needs it, but, if you wanted to you could use half strawberries and half raspberries for a bit of extra tang.
Step 2: Juice
Once you've finished gawking, set up your citrus juicer and start squeezing the guts out of the oranges.
Tip: If you roll the oranges before you cut them you can get a lot more juice out. You have to make sure you push down on them as you roll them, though, or you won't make any difference. If you want to know the science behind it, just let me know and I'll be happy to explain. My grandmother used to microwave citrus fruit before juicing it, which apparently got more juice than rolling or squeezing it, but I don't remember the times or power settings she used, so it wouldn't be of much help.
Step 3: Blend
After that, just toss them and the juice into the blender. I blended it first, then put the lemonade in and blended some more, but it doesn't really matter which way you do it.
We ended up with about 1.5 litres all together. After that, you should filter the concoction through a sieve to get rid of any pips that may ruin the blood-like texture.
Tip: If you're not sure how much lemonade to put in, all you have to remember is this: if you know how much you want to make, you just top it up to that point. It's much easier if you do it before blending, since you don't have froth to get in the way. All you need to do is pour the lemonade until it reaches the point you want. Since the strawberries will displace the liquid, you can safely assume that you'll end up with about that much when you're done.