Gin & [Blood Orange] Juice

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Gin & [Blood Orange] JuiceGin & [Blood Orange] Juice

I have all sorts of opinions on being an adult. I really really dislike it most of the time; in fact, not only do I dislike it but I’m pretty darn awful at it. I’m the kind of person who needs to set monthly reminders to pay the billz on my cellphone, ical, and fridge yet still forget to pay it until the 3rd notice, in which they threaten to turn off our water, arrives in the mail (this is also the kind of things that really ticks off the boyfriend / roommates which is another annoying adult thing: being held accountable for your mistakes). Ever since I graduated from college (note: it’s been YEARS since I graduated so I really should be adjusted by now), I’ve groaned at the concept of having to spend 40 hours of my time a week at work in order to pay the rent in this small college town. I’ve agonized over the right foods to put into my body in an attempt to take care of myself. I’ve bitched and bitched about how insanely expensive things like health insurance and dentist appointments are. I’ve had numerous nightmares about going to jail for doing my taxes wrong and not being able to pay rent because I blew all of my paycheck on records.

Sure, it felt easier when my parents were footing the bill and I could skip class to cure a hangover at the local diner BUT being an adult isn’t all bad. In fact, being an adult can be down right fun at times. You can go a whole month without doing your own laundry and no one will say anything. You can re-arrange your entire living room on a Sunday afternoon and no one will get angry because its your living room. You can spontaneously adopt a dog. You can eat french fries and ice cream for dinner while sitting in front of the TV and watching Gilmore Girls. You can spend all of your money on records and wait to pay the bills until next month (oh wait…).

For Christmas, I was given a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin by one of my accounts (yup, I have ‘accounts’ that I work with on the regular – very adult). Gin is my thing – the rest of my office enjoys whiskey (or so I told myself that) so I decided to just bring this bottle home for a rainy day. The adult thing to do would have been to stop drinking $5-a-bottle gin after college but I hadn’t kicked that habit yet; well not until I started making drinks from this bottle of Hendrick’s. This stuff is fantastic and it’s not even that fancy or expensive. Like my adult paycheck could afford a bottle of this a month and I plan on adding it into the budget (the expendable part that I usually just reserve for netflix and cookbooks). The best part? It’s so good that you don’t even have to really add that much of a mixer. Heck, enjoy this stuff on the rocks if you want…although I recommend adding a splash of orange juice for the perfect winter relaxer. So, what I am trying to say is, be an adult and buy adult alcohol so that you can enjoy cocktails for what they really should be: mostly alcohol!

Anyhow, is it just me or was that kind of a weak punch line… I don’t know where I am going with this. I’m 25 years old. I’m an adult and it’s cool but also sort of hard and mostly confusing but also really fun. Oh and I think about growing up way too much…when I’m not too busy being grown up.

Gin & [Blood Orange] Juice recipe below:

Gin & [Blood Orange] Juice

This cocktail is exactly how it sounds: mostly really really nice gin with a splash of fretted squeezed bloody orange juice. It is also fantastic with regular orange juice (perhaps from a cara cara orange? Yeah – those are SO good and in season right now).


Gin & [Blood Orange] Juice
This cocktail is exactly how it sounds: mostly really really nice gin with a splash of fretted squeezed bloody orange juice. It is also fantastic with regular orange juice (perhaps from a cara cara orange? Yeah – those are SO good and in season right now).
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegetarian
Author: Shelly Westerhausen
  • 1.5 ounces of good gin
  • 1 ounce of freshly squeezed blood orange juice (use .5 if that weakens the drink too much for you)
  • Ice
  1. Combine in your fancies cocktail glass. Enjoy!

Gin & [Blood Orange] Juice



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  • Warm Vanilla Sugar
    February 15, 2015

    This is one pretty looking cocktail! I just love it!

  • Gabby @ the veggie nook
    February 15, 2015

    Sounds wonderful! You see at 26, I’m still a student but also have a lot of friends who are “real adults” so I feel like I’m at a weird in between place in life. One thing this had led to is an appreciation of good alcohol (wine, cocktails, beer, all the things) so I totally hear what you’re saying on how worth spending a little extra on booze is. This sounds so delicious, I’ll have to try it!

  • esochko
    February 15, 2015

    These photos are gorgeous! Hendrick’s is my go-to gift for gin drinkers! The packaging alone is so pretty. I’m turning 22 this May, and I still feel like I’ll never actually be an adult. Although I’m kind of sort of an adult. Whatever that means. Who knows. Keep buying records. xo

  • Millie | Add A Little
    February 16, 2015

    So beautiful – I love the colours of citrus!

  • Laura
    February 16, 2015

    I hear you on adulthood being fucking lame sometimes. I turn 30 in a couple weeks and my parents came by with one of my birthday presents a few days ago. You know what it was? An extra strength humidifier/air purifier. Just so that the hardwood in my house doesn’t dry out and so we can breathe a bit easier. SO FUN, RIGHT? I remember the gifts of my teenage years being a bit more frivolous, actually cool and carefree.

    Also, I set up automatic bill payment/withdrawal on all of my stuff as soon as we bought the house and I’ve never looked back. The bank does all the work and they hardly ever make mistakes. Also, Also: having the freedom to adopt a dog is so far the coolest part of being adult for me. Oh, and drinking classy gin and juice at will. Cheers’ing you from here, girl. xo

  • Grace
    February 16, 2015

    I turned 31 yesterday – the same day our sewer line decided to crap out on us. I had piles of laundry and dishes needing to be washed which seemed like a big deal at first but didn’t hold a candle to the fact that we couldn’t flush the toilet. Luckily our plumber was able to come out on a Sunday and only charged us $400 to cut out the tree roots that were causing the jam. Best birthday present ever. Being a grownup sucks sometimes but fancy pretty drinks like this one make it suck a little less.

  • Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    February 16, 2015

    WORD. When trips to the record store get replaced with trips to the grocery store. I hear you. Besides paying bills though I still feel pretty childlike… Seeing as we keep hopping around the whole gosh darn country like money grows on trees and constantly throw all our cares into the wind. I’m 25 too and I know these willy-nilly acts will have to decrease a bit. But here is a cheers to being able to watch all the Gilmore Girls and eat all the chocolates. Oh and this gin ;). There be perks!!

  • Mariah
    February 17, 2015

    This is so beautiful and it’s actually making my mouth water. Good thing is that I’m turning 21 in less than a month so perhaps this will be my first legal cocktail! 😉

  • frolicchocolate
    February 18, 2015

    oh man there’s such a huge difference between cheap gin and pretty good gin. and then a massive difference when you get to the really good stuff. i’ve just started to warm up to gin (i can’t drink the cheap stuff at all). when you get the right flavor balance tho… oh man. it’s really something special. can’t wait to try this!

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