PHOTOS BY MIKE RITTERBECK
Each month, LOCAL Life features a must-try signature cocktail from a local establishment. This month, we feature the Blood Orange Honey Basil Mule, a unique drink created by Nicole Cibelli of The Lodge.
The ingredients include four bottles of Belle Isle Blood Orange Moonshine, which Cibelli then puts into a Cannonborough Honey basil-infused ginger beer keg, which is local out of Charleston.
“It makes a nice addition to The Lodge’s draft list, especially since it is not pre-made and we can change the flavors around,” Cibelli said. “Both the keg and the moonshine offer multiple flavors.”
It comes with an edible blood orange straw made out of gelatin, a citrus-infused dehydrated pineapple cup dusted in gold flecks and a dehydrated blood orange wheel. The Lodge keeps it on draft year-round.
Belle Isle Blood Orange Moonshine
This Virginia-made moonshine is triple distilled from organic corn and infused with organic blood oranges, giving it a bright and satisfying flavor. Taste it in the signature cocktail at The Lodge.
Blood oranges have anthocyanins in them, the same compounds that make blueberries blue and raspberries red. That makes them unique in the citrus world.