That's a hell of a cocktail name, right? Well, truth is the name is just “Satan's Whiskers.” The drink can be served “curled” (using curacao) or “straight” (using Grand Marnier). I usually go with curled, and for this version I used fresh-squeezed blood orange juice instead of the regular kind. So … there you go!
This drink looks relatively complex when you check out the ingredients list, but honestly it’s made out of base components that, if you’re at all into cocktailing, you should be stocking at home. Don’t underestimate the impact of the sweet vermouth – a spicy or herbal variety will lend significant depth.
You can, of course, feel free to use regular orange juice, here. Blood oranges have no significant flavor variation; they’re just a different color. Go for a juice orange variety like valencia though, rather than navel oranges, if you can get them.
1 oz. Gin (New Amsterdam is great here)
1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica is my current favorite)
1/2 oz. Fresh Blood Orange Juice
2 Dashes Orange Bitters (I recommend Regans')
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice and shake thoroughly. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a blood orange wheel.
This article is a modified and enhanced version of a post that ran on my nightly cocktail blog, DrinkShouts.