This Blood Orange Bourbon Sunrise is a sweet and sour cocktail that is spiced with smooth bourbon, fresh blood orange juice, and a touch of honey!
I think hell has frozen over. Pardon my language.
This weekend was a weekend of first. First Friday night, the husband and I went to dinner for KC’s Restaurant Week. After an amazing dinner with Cedar Smoked Salmon and a blue cheese filled wedge salad, I tried my first heavy egg dish in over two months. Let me back up a bit. Back in November, I took a food allergy test to hopefully answer some issues I’ve been having. To my surprise (and sadness), I tested positive to three items. Peas. Beef. And eggs. Noooo!!
My go to dinner? Scrambled egg. Protein boost in my oatmeal? Egg whites. Healthy baking? Egg whites! Upon leaving the food allergist, I was instructed to forgo those three food items from my diet for two weeks, then start reintroducing them one by one. Anyone that has been through food allergies, knows the struggles. There is endless secret hiding places for these foods. For example, peas. I never thought there was pea protein in the dairy free cheese I had been consuming for months. I thought I was going the healthy route and steering clear of dairy, all while feeding my allergy. No wonder my symptoms weren’t getting any better. Or, pea protein hiding in vegan protein powders. #TheStruggleIsReal
Needless to say, the past two months have been challenging. Like passing the dessert tray during the holidays. Torture I tell you. But let’s just say there were copious amounts of cookie dough consumed!
Back to our dinner out…for dessert, I desperately wanted the crème brûlée. But, I was afraid to order a dessert that was so heavy on the eggs. So, I passed and went for the cheesecake (not much better, but still. It’s cheesecake!), but the hubs ordered the crème brûlée so I could at least try it. I chose a good one! This crème brûlée. On point. Ultra silky, vanilla custard hiding under a super crunchy, perfectly caramelized crust. Despite my reactions the next day, that crème brûlée was well worth it.
With every challenge comes rewards. Thus far, I have figured out I can have eggs baked into cookies, pancakes and such, but dishes such as quiches and scrambled eggs are off limits. Which is heart breaking to say the least. My go to breakfast has been replaced, and challenged me in the kitchen greatly. I have got into vegan baking which is a beast but I can say I have successfully succeeded that one. If you wait a bit longer, you will get your first taste of those successes!
And what else is rewarding? Finally finding a bourbon drink that doesn’t make me cringe rather asking for “another, sir”! As a girl that loves vodka and tequila, bourbon and I have had a rocky relationship. But as the husband loves it dearly, I thought we would have to get on good terms sooner than later, as we would be around each other quite often.
With the help of juicy blood oranges and a touch of honey, bourbon and I are singing another tune. You would think we have been friends for years! A drink that tastes as good as it looks is always a winner in my books!
PS. How fun are these giant ice cube spheres? An ice ball maker that creates giant 2 ½” ice cubes that help keep your drink cold while melting at a slower pace and not to mention, making your drink look fancy! After a few trial and errors (ie. Filling the molds too much), we got them to work! They help keep our drinks chilly all while giving us the ‘upscale bar’ feel!
Imagine the possibilities here. Everything from almond milk for my iced coffees, to chilling off my margaritas!