foodie fridays: blood orange mint julep

blood orange mint julep

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the skin doctor.

I go once a year for general check up because I am super, errrrr, more on the scale of MEGA paranoid about skin cancer. I think people often overlook this checkup and hello, skin is the largest organ on our bodies. If you check your whoo-ha, then you need to check your back, face, etc. It makes sense!

Anyways, nothing serious, I just have one of those wonderful quirks where my oil glands like to get together, party hard for a night, and leave a weird, cartilage looking present on my body. So rude. I had it removed because it was embarrassing and totally got in the way of a smooth leg shave.

blood orange mint julep

The doc gave me three stitches, which was nothing and didn’t even hurt. Hooray! But after she removed the cartridge beast and stitched me up, she said to make an appointment to come back in 10 to 14 days to have the stitches removed or I could remove them myself. DO WHAT?

So, I replied, “Doc, are you telling me that I can remove my own stitches?” “Oh, yes, people do it all the time. It’s really not that big of a deal”, she said.

“Not a big deal? Let me get this straight. So back in my childhood years where my parents taught me the importance of changing a tire, saving money, and brushing my teeth, you don’t think they should have mentioned how to remove stitches? I feel as though that should be a top five make sure you know how to do!”

blood orange mint julep

Anyways, I will keep you posted on whether I attempt the removal of my own stitches. In the meantime, let’s cheer to the weekend with these blood orange and bourbon mint juleps. Because sipping bourbon and citrus together is like learning new tricks or pulling stitches. They just have to happen sometime.


blood orange mint julep

Blood Orange Mint Julep

Yield: Makes 2 drinks

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes


1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
zest of blood orange
8 ounces bourbon
Blood orange bitters
Handful fresh mint
1 Blood orange cut into slices


In a saucepan, add sugar, water, and orange zest. Bring to a slight simmer, consistently stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Muddle mint and orange slices in the bottom of two glasses. Add ice, bourbon, bitters, and simple syrup. Stir to combine and serve.

recipes adapted from Bon Appetit

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29 Responses to “foodie fridays: blood orange mint julep”

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    Tieghan — March 21, 2014 at 13:25

    Love these spring time flavors, Lauren!

    • Lauren replied: — March 21st, 2014 @ 14:33

      Thanks, Tieghan!

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    Kathryn — March 21, 2014 at 13:49

    Pulling out your own stitches?! I’m not sure I could face that. I’d definitely need one of these cocktails (or two…) to even consider it…

    • Lauren replied: — March 21st, 2014 @ 14:33

      LOL!! So true. Have a great weekend, lady!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 21, 2014 at 13:56

    any drink with blood orange and mint sounds fab in my book! maybe you should drink like 3-4 of these and then attempt to remove the stitches yourself…or maybe not yourself but like have your husband do it while you’re intoxicated so you might not feel a thing, haha! ;) i’m such a good influence..

    • Lauren replied: — March 21st, 2014 @ 14:34

      LOL!!!! I like the way you think! Thanks, Julie!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — March 21, 2014 at 14:47

    I’m on my way for cocktail hour!!!

    • Lauren replied: — March 21st, 2014 @ 15:59

      SA-WEET!!! See you in 5!

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    katie — March 21, 2014 at 15:23

    yummmm you are such a tease to a pregnant lady ;)

    • Lauren replied: — March 21st, 2014 @ 16:00

      LOL! You definitely need to try this cocktail once your bundle of joy arrives!

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    Rebecca {foodie with family} — March 21, 2014 at 15:37

    I’d TOTALLY drink one or two of these then remove my own stitches. I have a friend who is a PA and he came over and removed stitches from one of my kids while they both sat on the porch and ate ice cream a couple years ago. If it’s snipping and pulling myself vs. making an appointment and taking the time to go to the doc, I’d snip and tug any time!

    • Lauren replied: — March 21st, 2014 @ 16:00

      PHEW. It’s very comforting to know that it’s a “normal” thing to pull out your own stitches! But, yes, definitely going to need a few cocktails before!

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — March 21, 2014 at 16:32

    This post is cracked me up. I’m glad you’re ok…I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to attempt stick removal on my own (seriously?!). This drink looks all sorts of awesome!

    • Lauren replied: — March 22nd, 2014 @ 16:45

      Thanks, Lauren! I will keep y’all posted. I have a feeling the hubby is going to be removing them!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — March 21, 2014 at 16:43

    Eeeeek! The thought of removing my own stitches is making me feel light headed! Hand me a pitcher of this blood orange mint julep stat! ;) Lauren, these are beautiful photos and I’m seriously craving this drink right now (10 am on a Friday morning is a perfectly appropriate time to start weekend boozing). If you do attempt to remove them, just make sure to have this drink on hand. And let us know how it goes! My mom used to remove her own teeth when she was growing up in China so I’m sure my mom could remove stitches. Me, not so much! I’m Wussy McFainterson over here.

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    Meredith — March 21, 2014 at 17:28

    So gorgeous, what a perfect cocktail for the weekend!

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    Maria | Pink Patisserie — March 21, 2014 at 17:51

    I adore a good mint julep, and this one looks so fantastic! Perfect for stitch removal! Must get my hands on some blood orange bitters!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — March 21, 2014 at 18:31

    I am always paranoid about every mole on my body!! Yikes! I want this cocktail. Now.

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    Eileen — March 21, 2014 at 18:56

    Actually, every time I’ve had skin anything done, they gave me self-dissolving stitches! I don’t remember what they were made of–some collagen something?–but it definitely avoided the issue of removal. ANYWAY, after that, I think a drink is in order. :) This julep sounds fantastic!

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    Annalise @ Completely Delicious — March 21, 2014 at 19:01

    I’m not sure you could pay me to take out my own stitches, but maybe it’s not as gross in real life as it is in my head. Anywaaaaaay, I could drink a whole pitcher of this mint julep. Hello spring, and hello to sips outdoors in the sunshine!

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    Denise — March 21, 2014 at 20:31

    Love me a good bourbon drink and you really captured it with the addition of bloor orange! LOVE. Cannot agree more … get checked ladies! I am a freak about that stuff, and have all lumps and bumps checked out. Especially since my sister was just diagnosed with Melanoma.

    Keep us posted on the removal of those stitches – you are braver than I!

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    Vijay @ NoshOnIt — March 21, 2014 at 20:49

    OMG, after that experience I would totally need a cocktail…or three! Glad you’re doing ok.

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    Shaina — March 21, 2014 at 22:16

    This looks like a gorgeous cocktail, just in time for the weekend.

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    Paula - bell'alimento — March 23, 2014 at 04:20

    I could sip on this all day but that would be bad so all night then ; )

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    Joanne — March 23, 2014 at 14:00

    I’m just going to start a DO IT DO IT DO IT chant. But no, really, don’t do it if you don’t feel comfortable doing it.

    Or have one of these julep deliciousnesses and then do it. That really seems like the way to go.

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    Megan {Country cleaver} — March 23, 2014 at 18:59

    It’s like you just get me – Pendleton and citrus. What a gem and a half. And uhh, taking out my own stitches? LOL, nope. But glad you got the A-Okay from the doc!

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    Sommer @ASpicyPerspective — March 24, 2014 at 11:52

    A whole lot of pure goodness in on glass! A must try for sure! Pinning!

  21. #
    Christine from Cook the Story — March 24, 2014 at 14:36

    What a gorgeous cocktail!

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — March 24, 2014 at 23:50

    I can’t look at stitches, they gross me out. But this drink…I’d love to look at this in front of me!

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