True Blood: Ruby Mixer & Tequila Moonrise

A review of Nan Flanagan’s Ruby Mixer and Debbie Pelt’s Tequila Moonrise from the True Blood Cookbook.

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Nan Flanagan’s Ruby Mixer

This recipe is literally just a mixer, so it’s required as an ingredient in several of the drinks in the True Blood Cookbook if you can’t get your hands on bottled Tru Blood (which I don’t even know is still being sold?). So it’s touted as a “synthetic blood substitute.”

It literally just requires mixing orange soda (but the good quality kind, like Orangina or San Pellegrino Aranciata), grenadine, and lemon juice.

Taste: 9/10

This is really sweet by itself, but since it’s being used as a mixer that’s not really a bad thing!

Difficulty: Easy

Just mix!

Cost: Average

You’ll need a carbonated orange soda, grenadine, and fresh lemon juice.

Debbie Pelt’s Tequila Moonrise

I’m not sure why Tru Blood is being used in a recipe submitted by a werewolf, but here we go.

A glass is filled with ice, and then tequila followed by Tru Blood (or the above Ruby Mixer) are added. Now for the “moonrise” part: the grenadine is added so that it sinks to the bottom of the glass (the recipe has instructions on how to do this) and then rises slowly to the top.

Then garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry!

Taste: 9/10

This is a sweet drink, though actually not as sweet as I expected given the amount of grenadine in there. All in all it’s pretty strong. I think I should have used a better tequila to improve this, which is definitely on me and not the recipe!

Difficulty: Average

It’s not so easy making the layered look!

Cost: Average

You will need Tequila, Tru Blood (or the Ruby Mixer), Grenadine, an Orange Slice, and a Maraschino Cherry.

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