The Happiest Hour {Blood of the Tropics}

Life changed forever here last week. Whole Foods opened! Walking in was like walking into a completely different world. Items that have been impossible to find down here were all of a sudden right in front of me begging to be bought and turned into deliciousness. From Meyer Lemons to craft beer from far away lands, I wanted to buy everything in sight. But the biggest excitement came when I walked into the produce section and spotted my beloved blood oranges. I've had this blood orange obsession since my first trip to Italy many many years ago. However, trying to find them here was like trying to find gold at the end of a rainbow. Over the years mediocre blood orange juices and sodas popped up at places like World Market, but nothing ever compared to the pure juice that came from squeezing the fruit myself. Once spotted, I grabbed as many as I could without looking like a weird-o. The mission was to create the most delicious blood orange cocktail I could and the end product ended up being better than expected. A tropical blend of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and fresh squeezed blood orange juice was exactly was I was looking for as an afternoon sipper on warm afternoons. Refreshing and light but full of flavor, I could drink them all day long. Plus, the color (and name!) is perfect for upcoming Halloween bashes! Here's the recipe...

:: Ingredients ::
1 Blood Orange, juiced
3 oz Pineapple Juice
3 oz Coconut Rum

:: Directions ::
Combine ingredients in a rocks glass over ice. Stir to combine, garnish with a blood orange round and sip!

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