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From Brazil, with Love

Carnival season and Valentine’s Day are right around the corner. So naturally, my thoughts turn to love. Brazilians are passionate lovers who live life to the fullest, and Valentine’s Day is all about treasuring the ones you love. I encourage you to celebrate the season of love with my take on Brazil’s national drink, the Caipirinha, using my favorite fruit of the season: blood oranges.


Serves: Two

3 oz. fresh squeezed blood orange juice

½ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice

6 oz. Cachaça

1 Tbsp. maple syrup or simple syrup

Ice cubes

4 drops orange bitters

Zest from blood orange


Mix the first four together in a shaker. Add ice to the shaker, filling to the brim. Close the shaker and shake until the drink is cold (about 30 seconds).

Add two ice cubes to each cocktail glass. Pour the drink. Splash two drops of orange bitters on top.

Garnish with blood orange zest.

Silver streak martini glass, $20 each; Bedford House, Katonah.

Dr. Elixir

Needing a way to stay sane with the kids ALWAYS around, Dr. Elixir decided that mixology would be his COVID-19 hobby. As word spread about his new talent, his popularity grew. Then, one day, he received a call that changed his life – YES, he'd love to be the mystery mixologist for Katonah Connect! Cheers!