blood orange cocktails that will knock your socks off!

I’ve gotten many requests to share the coveted recipe for Blood Orange Cosmos.  My dear friend Bart Miller graciously said that I could share it with you!  I warn you though, do not drink and drive after indulging in this delicious concoction…

Let me start off by saying that I had no idea what a blood orange was and had certainly never seen one before.  The outside, though a bit rosier, looks just like any orange. But cut it open and that’s where the similarities end.  My first batch had a mix of different colors…

The Little Glass House
Inside a blood orange

Then my friends at Mate Gallery brought me these…

Blood Orange Cocktails
What’s a girl to do when friends bring you a basket of blood oranges??
Blood Orange Cocktails
Every one of these were this deep wine color, and no, they did not stamp every one with the Mate Gallery logo! 🙂

Here you go…

Bart’s Sensational Blood Orange Cosmos


  • 2 cups vodka
  • 1 cup orange liqueur (I use Cointreau)
  • 1 ½  cups blood orange juice
  • ½ cup lime juice

My friend Bart, simply combines all of the above ingredients, pours it into a plastic Tupperware type container, and then freezes the entire concoction into an icy delicious treat! When ready to serve, use a spoon to break up the ice a bit and pour into chilled martini glasses. This is perfect for a warm evening just go slow!

Still, I had tons of delicious blood oranges left! Since I was having friends over for taco Tuesday, I decided to try something with tequilaThe following recipe I found in Food & Wine magazine. Chef Dean Fearing created this drink which is a best seller at his wife Lynae’s popular Dallas restaurant Shinsei. “The sweet-tart blood orange flavor intensifies the margarita-ness of it. ”

Blood Orange Margaritas


  • 1 quart fresh blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups Cointreau
  • 3 ½ cups silver tequila
  • Kosher salt


  1. In a large pitcher, mix the blood orange juice with the lime juice, Cointreau and silver tequila.  Refrigerate until chilled, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Spread a small mound of salt on a small plate.  Moisten the outer rim of 12 martini glasses with the orange wedge, then dip the rims into the salt to lightly coat.
  3. Add ice to the pitcher and stir well, then strain into the prepared glasses.  Garnish each margarita with a blood orange slice and a sage sprig and serve.  (I omitted this step but had some blood orange slices in the pitcher)

These were perfect for Taco Night at The Little Glass House! Enjoy!!

Blood Orange Cocktails
Taco night and Blood Orange Margaritas are a perfect combo!



merry merry to all

As 2016 comes to a close, I would have to say it has had its ups and downs but all in all its been a good year and I am grateful for that. I am looking forward to Christmas with my husband and daughter.  Then I’m flying back to CT for a few days and then on to Florida to visit with my parents and sisters. I am blessed to have both of my parents healthy and energetic and I am lucky enough to be able to visit them several times a year. Continue reading

a bright white santa barbara christmas

When I think back to the Christmas of my youth, I marvel at how my parents pulled off a miracle every Christmas Eve.  When my sisters and I awoke at a ridiculously early hour on Christmas morning, we would run into my parents room and wake them up so that we could not only open presents, but see the tree for the first time.  My dad would go in first and set up the movie camera and the bright light that went with it.  Seeing that huge tree that Santa brought the night before Christmas was sheer magic to us girls… Continue reading

simple rugs for the barefoot home

I love being barefoot. I often padded around our Connecticut home shoeless or when it was cold, with a pair of warm socks. It’s amazing how much cleaner your rugs and floors stay!

Living in California, I’m barefoot year round. I love the feel of our oak floors on my feet and the soft cotton rug in my bedroom. To further enhance the serene, comfortable, casual, organic vibe in our homes on both coasts, I keep pattern to a minimum and make sure that the rugs feel good under foot. Continue reading

simple fall decorating at the little glass house

I loved autumn when I lived in New England…the crisp air, colorful leaves swirling about, hot mulled cider, and the scent and sounds of a crackling fire in the hearth.  What I never really enjoyed was fall decorating (or the winter months that followed). Even in Connecticut, I was not a fan of the reds, oranges, and russet tones that spelled out FALL. And don’t even get me started on Halloween decorations!  I guess you could say I’m a bit of a Halloween/autumn Scrooge. Continue reading