Sanguina {Rum, Blood Orange and bitters cocktail}

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Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
Sanguina. The first time I saw and tried a blood orange, was in Italy, in Brescia to be precise, where they call them sanguinelli. Coming from a country where there were only two varieties of orange: the ones to make juice (Valencia) and the ones we ate in wedges (California), that red blood orange fascinated me, like its juice that Italians suggestively call sanguinella.
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineYears later, while living in Southern California, I wanted to have my own blood orange tree. This never happened and I ended up living in South Florida, where blood oranges are an exotic fruit imported from California and Texas.
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
In Italy, blood oranges grown in Sicily, in the fertile lands of the eastern provinces of Catania, Enna, Racusa and Siracusa are known as Arancia Rossa di Sicilia and are protected by a denomination of origin (Indicazione Geografica Protetta.)
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoineWhen I recently saw blood oranges at the grocery store, I didn’t think twice and bought a bag of these oranges characterized by the dark red pigmentation of its pulp, which is attributed to its high content of anthocyanin, a flavonoid which is a wonderful antioxidant.
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
History, geography and chemistry aside, it had been years, literally, since I wanted to make a drink with the unique Sanguinelli oranges. So, here I go.
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
This concoction is made out of Ron de Venezuela and of course blood oranges. Since I love bitters and amaros, I added some bitter liquor (I used Luxardo Bitters) and Angostura orange bitters too.
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
I think this is the perfect well balanced aperitif I hope you like my recipe. Cheers to blood oranges!
Sanguina rum cocktail - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine


Sanguina - SAVOIR FAIRE by enrilemoine
5 from 7 votes


This cocktail is the perfect aperitif to prepare your tummy for a nice meal.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings: 1


  • 1 ounce of Ron de Venezuela Santa Teresa Añejo
  • 1 ounce Luxardo Bitters
  • 1 blood orange cut in eight
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 ounces of orange juice
  • 4 drops of Angostura bitters orange


  • In a shaker, muddle orange with sugar.
  • Add remaining ingredients and plenty of crushed ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into a rock glass with plenty of crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a slice of blood orange.
Course: Cocktails
Author: Enriqueta Lemoine


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