Bixby, Bloody Bixby

“I love finger limes because they have a different flavor than your traditional lime—it’s a little bit sweeter and the acid is a little bit softer. You get to chew on the pearls and they pop with an explosion of flavor. For presentation I’ve exploded a finger lime on top of the blood orange slice because it’s a whole experience to see it as a garnish on the cocktail itself. As you are sipping on your drink, you will get a couple of pearls. Pop! Pop! Pop! It’s an explosive fun new experience that is a total surprise. That’s what’s so cool and special about finger limes: It’s a shock-and-awe factor, which allows us to create a multi-phase, multi-experience cocktail.” —Josh Christensen, co-owner of Sidecar SLO

Photography By Kendra Aronson | September 26, 2017

Ingredients

  • 1 finger lime
  • 1¾ ounces Bixby Gin (available at Sandy’s Liquor in SLO, DePalo & Sons in Shell Beach and California Fresh Market in SLO and Pismo Beach)
  • ½ ounce Cynar (herbal liqueur available at BevMo!)
  • ½ ounce blood orange juice
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 slice blood orange

Instructions

Cut the finger lime in half crosswise and muddle 1 half into a lowball glass. Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake and strain into lowball glass. Garnish with a slice of blood orange and the remaining finger lime half—make sure you squeeze it so the pearls ooze out over the blood orange slice!

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Ingredients

  • 1 finger lime
  • 1¾ ounces Bixby Gin (available at Sandy’s Liquor in SLO, DePalo & Sons in Shell Beach and California Fresh Market in SLO and Pismo Beach)
  • ½ ounce Cynar (herbal liqueur available at BevMo!)
  • ½ ounce blood orange juice
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 slice blood orange
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