Bloody Valentines with Vocabulary Boutique

Bloody-Valentines-Distillerista-1I’m not one to get all that hyped on Valentines Day but when Cecelia asked to collaborate on a V Day-themed cocktail and matching photo shoot, I just HAD to say YES! You guys remember Cecelia from Vocabulary Boutique, right? Well… thinking up fun and creative ideas for blog posts and impromptu photos shoots is pretty much her calling. Everything she creates is beautiful and inspiring, and her ideas always get my creative juices flowing.

When Cecelia suggested we collaborate on a Valentines Day cocktail we both agreed – it had to be pink! Peek-of-their-season blood oranges were the obvious choice to achieve the hue of our dreams. I mean… how festive and striking is that color!? From there my mind wandered to the theme of the shoot, the romanticism of the season, all the accoutrements that go along with the holiday and I knew then that I wanted the drink to have a floral element. I’ve been having fun playing around with rose water in drinks at home lately and figured it’d be just the thing for a Valentines cocktail. What’s V-day without roses after all?

Although Cecelia requested that we coin this drink the Love Potion No. 9 (nailed it!), I thought the My Bloody Valentine pun was just too good to pass up. C also requested the drink be easily made into a mocktail, a concept I uhhh… am not too familiar with. Nonetheless, when it comes to entertaining it’s important to be mindful of all guests, and the option to opt-out of imbibing should always be graciously provided. This lovely concoction makes it easy by combining all the non-alcoholic ingredients together and leaving the vodka a la carte. Just make sure to provide a 1.5 oz measure/shot glass/jigger so your guests don’t free-pour you out of house and home. 😉

Both the batched nature of this drink and the alcohol-on-the-side aspect make it the perfect signature drink for a baby shower, family barbecue, romantic picnic with bae or (my favorite!) a besties’ V-day brunch. Have fun with this one friends!

Bloody-Valentines-Distillerista{ Anthro tumblers | Kate Spade striped plate (s/o 4) | Bottega Louie Chocolates }

Bloody Valentines. Makes 8-10 cocktails or mocktails.


  • 4 cups fresh blood orange juice (juice from bright pink Cara Cara oranges would also be gorgeous)
  • 1 750 mL bottle of your favorite sparkling water
  • rose water and/or orange blossom water  to taste, I’d recommend starting with 3 to 4 teaspoons total and going up from there, one dash at a time
  • your favorite orange or citrus Vodka – I like St. George California Citrus Vodka (1.5 oz per drink)
  • edible flowers frozen into ice cubes for garnish, optional of course 😉


  1. In a large glass pitcher or drink dispenser combine blood orange juice, sparkling water and rose or orange blossom water
  2. Stir gently and taste – if the floral note is too subtle, add a dash or two more of rose water. Keep in mind a little goes a loooooooong way with rose water.
  3. When serving, fill glasses 2/3 full with ice. Add 1.5 oz. vodka if desired and top with the blood orange mix.
  4. Give a little stir with your festive paper straw and enjoy!

Don’t have a juicer? Your local Whole Foods will juice any produce for you for a flat $3 fee.

Bloody-Valentines-Distillerita-3{ Gold rimmed bowl & paper straws available at Vocabulary Boutique }

Bloody-Valentines-Distillerista-5 { This dainty diamond “X” necklace would make the sweetest V Day gift }

Bloody-Valentines-Distillerista-4 Bloody-Valentines-Distillerista-2Bloody-Valentines-Distillerista-6 To purchase any of the jewelry, blouses or denim featured in this post, email Cecelia at or pop into Vocabulary Boutique on 414 West Cedar in Little Italy!

P.S. Check out my previous collaborations with Vocabulary Boutique here and here!

A VERY Happy Valentines Day to all my lovely readers! Xo

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