From Wine to Wallbangers

I’m not quite sure when I took my eye off the ball, orange in fact, but we seem to have rather a lot of them glowing up at me from the fruit bowl. I’m a little bit scared to go out to the shed where we keep the overflow from the veg/fruit delivery at this time of year as the last time I was out there struggling to get bikes out or tumble drying done I think I saw a few more lurking.

We really like orange flavour in our house; squash, juice, lollies, sweets, chocolate, ice-cream, cake, marmalade, duck (!) you name it we’ll happily eat it. But not so much if peeling and faffing with the pith is required. The kids seriously can’t be bothered with it, my better half similarly has an aversion to this (clearly patience for peeling oranges is a genetic issue) and I consequently do not have the time, inclination or finger nails to perform this task on everyone’s behalf!

I do have a standard, slightly dinner party-ish, ‘Oranges Steeped in Brandy Syrup’ dessert which I usually make at such moments (that would use up about 4), except I don’t have a dinner party planned and quite frankly this would be a pip in the crate, so to speak. Cakes generally would use 2 at a push, Delia’s famous Chicken Basque only needs a half!

This isn’t going well.

Juicing I think is the only option here and as it’s Friday…. oooh I’m warming to my theme…I think the cocktail hour might be upon us (come 6 o’clock anyway). Yes definitely! The situation is so bad juicing and adding to alcohol/or not as the case may be, is the only solution.

Excellent. What shall I make then. I hardly ever have cocktails.

Luckily I have been chatting with the very talented scarpetta dolcetto who’s blog here at jumped out at me from the aptly named Freshly Pressed page. I’m a sucker for anything Italian sounding and so I just had to have a look. She has a fab picture up of a grapefruit/vodka concoction and when I investigated further she reminded me of all the orange juice cocktail options I have. So we are switching our more usual Friday night tipple from wine to Wallbangers, or something similar.

Screwdriver or Wallbanger?

So to ‘fess up for a moment we actually did this last Friday to celebrate the end of Half Term.

 I had 15 oranges dotted about the place which I juiced. This supplied enough liquid for 4 drinks as follows: Pour a shot of vodka over crushed ice in a hi-ball, then fill up to about the 1/3 point with cranberry juice,  and up to the top with the orange juice, squeeze a couple of teaspoons of lime juice into this mixture and stir. I don’t like things too sweet and neither did my companions so we found this to be perfect. I also tried one without the vodka, and that was delicious too. I seem to remember, from a trip to TGI-Fridays or some such place, the non-alcoholic version can be topped up further with sparkling water for a really long drink. All very enlightening. Grazie scarpetta ♥.

P.S. A shout out to for this cocktail picture. Free artwork, photos and more to download and use, and just how perfectly identical to my cocktail, slice of lime and all!

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