Liquor In The V-Day: My Bloody Valentine


Happy almost Valentine’s Day, queermos! I was tasked with making a “sexual cocktail,” but I had some trouble figuring out how to make a cocktail sexual. There are sexual names for cocktails, but they aren’t really sexual in nature. Plus I’m one of those people who hates Valentine’s Day.


This is how I feel about Valentine’s Day

The good news is, when I developed this cocktail, I was fortunate enough to be hosting a fellow Valentine’s Day hater, Autostraddle’s Music Editor Stef Schwartz! So while our drinks were extra full of V-Day hate, yours can be extra full of romance or bro-mance or no-mance — either way, it’ll still be delicious.


My Bloody Valentine

You will need:

1 1/2 oz. bourbon (I’m using New Holland’s Beer Barrel Bourbon, but you can substitute your favorite mixing bourbon in here).

1 oz fresh blood orange juice (I juiced two blood oranges for three drinks and had some left over)

2 dashes Angostura bitters

a contextually appropriate glass (we used a whiskey tumbler, a martini glass and a jam jar trying to find what looked the best. All of them were pretty, so it’s up to you!)

badass miniature cocktail swords that Stef found in her parents’ house

a shaker of some kind (I miss my Boston Shaker, you guys! I broke it doing a Liquor in the _____ post and I haven’t replaced it yet)

a hawthorne strainer

another sort of tea strainer

a jigger

2 blood orange segments to garnish


1. Juice Yr Blood Orange

Did you know that when you’re juicing citrus, cutting it length-wise will give you more juice than if you cut it like everyone always cuts it?


Also, always use fresh juices instead of juice you buy. It just tastes better, ya know?


 2. Prep With Ice

Fill your shaker halfway with ice. While you’re at it, prep your glasses with ice. This will chill the glasses so your drink will stay cooler for longer.


3. Measure It Out

Pour the 1 1/2 oz. bourbon and the 1 oz. blood orange juice into the shaker. Add a dash of your dashing Angostura bitters.


4. Shake It Up

Always shake over your shoulder with nothing and no one behind you, just in case. You never know, okay?


5. Pour It Out

For this drink, we’re gonna do what’s called a fine strain. I normally skip this because I like pulp, but with the bourbon? I dunno, bourbon and pulp just don’t seem to go together. This is also the step where you have to select your glass. Here’s how it looked in our three options.


6. G-ARRRRRR-nish

That’s how Stef says the word “garnish” when we’re having fun with swords for miniature pirates. Take the two segments of blood orange and, like you’re pinning something together to sew, stab them front to back so they look like a heart.


Arrange them nicely in a glass.

The Martini Glass (Romantic)

The Martini Glass Option

Even though cocktail queen Rachel Maddow has instructed us to never eat the garnish, I’m going to give you pre-emptive permission to eat the garnish. Because it’s not garnish — it’s G-ARRRRR-nish.

Enjoy your quick, easy, three-ingredient cocktail that looks good three different ways! Stef and I remind you to drink responsibly.


In a semi-regular segment entitled Liquor In The ______, I’m going to write to you about all the different ways you can liquor. I recognize that it’s weird, especially for those of you who have actually had a drink with me, because I am what the frat boys would call a “two-beer queer” (what I would call a “no-beer queer,” as I’m gay all the live long day). But I get drunk very easily, is the point. Still, I really really like beer, wine and liquor and want to share that love for the artistry of alcohol with you all, my favorite queers. Let’s lift a pint to alcohol and our Autostraddle community – they go together like wine and soft cheese.

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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  1. I know that heating or rolling citrus will help, but now I’m curious as to why cutting it lengthwise will give you more juice?

  2. Omg gaaaarnish. I don’t drink alcohol but between blood oranges and pirate phrases this post makes me want to drink alcohol.

    True fact: my first girl crush was on a creative non-fiction prof who ate blood oranges during class.

    Also Stef’s manicure is awesome.

  3. Ali, you have an awful lot of bar supplies. Do you have a gorgeous bar situation or is it all stuffed into the cabinets and drawers like me? I have a bar cart, but it’s too small and doesn’t hold all of the things.

  4. I love blood oranges because I can eat them and pretend to be a vegan vampire. So, this cocktails seems like I thing I should make.

    Also, I think if you put something tasty in a cocktail and let it soak up all that delicious booze… it’s wasteful to not eat it.

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