A Sanguine Sling Cocktail for Casual Friday

Hello Friday and Happy April Fool’s Day! Once again the week has totally disappeared and we are at the weekend (unless someone has played a mean joke for April Fool’s and it’s Monday again!). I am so ready for the weekend…how about you? In fact, I think it’s time for a Casual Friday and a cocktail!

It has been another crazy week at the Bunkycooks. I think every week has some element of insanity to it these days, so what else is new?

I woke up yesterday morning to find out that a photo of my Paella from March of 2010 that was accepted by Tastespotting was on the front page of the Los Angeles Times Food Section (YAY!).   It was in an article about Tastespotting that included several other foodie friends and their photos too.  Pretty nifty, except I couldn’t find a copy of the LA Times in Atlanta, so I still haven’t seen the actual article. :(

I did receive a photo of the paper from Sarah at Tastespotting, so I at least have some idea what the article looked like. Gee…I didn’t know that there is still some print media that is just that…in print. I guess I will have to wait for my copy to come in the mail. That was a pretty exciting Thursday. By the way, do you think the picture of these cocktails is worthy of a Tastespotting (or Foodgawker) moment? 😉

Aren't these a gorgeous shade of red?

The temperatures are headed back into the 70’s this weekend in my neck of the woods (oh, thank goodness…it’s been freezing cold all week), so I am all about fixing another batch of these cocktails! They look just like umbrella drinks that are served poolside at some glitzy beach resort.  The good news is that I don’t have to get in a bathing suit to drink one on my own back deck!

Thanks to the delightful folks at Honey Ridge Farms I am sharing the recipe for this awesome cocktail with you – the Sanguine Sling. That’s a pretty sexy name. Que vous convenez? (I find the French language to be very sexy.) I keep calling it a Singapore Sling…maybe they are related?!

The fresh squeezed blood orange juice is so pretty!

This luscious little beverage is made with their Spiced Honey Crème. I am all about this stuff and can’t wait to try it in all sorts of things, but naturally, I made the alcoholic beverage first! Are you really that surprised? 😉

Go out and find several of these gorgeous blood oranges (don’t you just love the color of the fresh squeezed juice?) and some Spiced Honey Crème and whip up a batch of these babies. You will be hooked and maybe a bit tipsy, but that’s okay! It’s Friday!

Can I offer you an adult beverage? Perhaps two?

Enjoy your weekend!

Sanguine Sling

Yield: Serves 1

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


1.5 ounces vodka
0.5 ounces Grand Marnier
2 ounces blood orange juice (approximately 1 fresh blood orange)
0.25 ounces fresh lemon juice
0.5 ounces spiced honey syrup*

*Spiced Honey Syrup: 1 part Cinnamon Spice Honey Creme to 1 part hot water. Dissolve the honey in hot water and store in glass bottle, refrigerate.


Shake all ingredients on ice and strain over crushed ice in a highball glass.

Recipe courtesy of Honey Ridge Farms

22 Responses to “A Sanguine Sling Cocktail for Casual Friday”

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food — April 1, 2011 @ 7:13 am

    A gorgeous, refreshing cocktail. Now, all it needs to do is stop snowing.

    • Gwen replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

      I feel sorry for you all in Boston! Way too much snow this year! :(

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    Debi (Table Talk) — April 1, 2011 @ 9:12 am

    Probably bad that this looks so good when it is only morning on Friday—it will be 5 soon, right?
    Big congrats on the LA press! Hope you get your hands on a hard copy soon!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — April 1, 2011 @ 9:28 am

    So excited for your press in LA Times! This cocktail is perfect and I need to have one this weekend:)Love the blood oranges.

    • Gwen replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

      Hi Debi and Lora –

      Thanks so much for the congrats! It was pretty exciting to be in the paper. Now all I need is to see the paper itself!


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    Denise@There's a Newf in My Soup! — April 1, 2011 @ 10:26 am

    You sure start drinking early on Fridays! I’m only half way through my Starbucks!

    • Gwen replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

      LOL! I waited until 6 pm today, so no morning imbibing! 😉

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    A TOAST TO FRIDAY – AND BUNKYCOOKS « Honey Ridge Farms Blog — April 1, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

    […] quite impressed. We hope it will become a favorite of yours, too. If you have a moment, check out http://www.bunkycooks.com/2011/04/a-sanguine-sling-cocktail-for-casual-friday/ for the cocktail recipe. And we hope you’ll stay awhile to read Gwen’s humorous food […]

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    Megan Robison — April 1, 2011 @ 4:34 pm

    I have been dreaming of these all day! They look amazing. And congrats on the LA Times photo!

    • Gwen replied: — April 3rd, 2011 @ 9:46 am

      Thank you Megan. It was pretty exciting. :)

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    Priscilla - She's Cookin' — April 1, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

    Saw the article! Congrats! I’m already having my fave – Meyer Lemon Drop – but I love the name :) Have a great weekend!

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    redkathy — April 1, 2011 @ 10:23 pm

    Go ahead have that fabulously refreshing drink, you made the LA Times for crying out loud!!! Congrats on the publishing!

    • Gwen replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

      Hi Megan, Priscilla, Kathy – Thanks so much!

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    marla {family fresh cooking} — April 1, 2011 @ 11:11 pm

    Gwen, this cocktail is gorgeous! I was so excited for you when I saw you were mentioned in the LA Times food section. All of your hard work should be acknowledged like that :) xo

    • Gwen replied: — April 2nd, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment, Marla. It is much appreciated.

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    Lana — April 2, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

    Congratulations on LA Times Food appearance! I love blood oranges and the cocktail looks just right for the weather in SoCal. I better get going, as they call for as cold front:)

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    Gwen — April 2, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

    Thanks so much Lana!

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    Devaki @ weavethousandflavors — April 2, 2011 @ 9:42 pm

    WOW Gwen! What an accomplishment – LA Times eh???? CONGRATULATIONS Dear AND what a cocktail to celebrate things! You go girl!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • Gwen replied: — April 3rd, 2011 @ 9:47 am

      Thank you Devaki. It was pretty nifty to be in the LA Times. This cocktail was definitely a perfect one to celebrate with!

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    Beth — April 4, 2011 @ 7:53 am

    What a thrill for you to have your photo in the L.A. Times! Congratulations!

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    sensiblecooking — April 4, 2011 @ 1:35 pm

    Oh I will need lots and lots of these atleast for today. Love the idea of enjoying to cocktail without bathing suite. I don’t think I am ready for that yet.

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    Kelly — April 12, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    WOW! Your pictures alone make this look amazing and I can’t wait to try this recipe! I really love your site and am so glad I came across it :) I have added it to my favorites!

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