The flavor-packed, crimson-tinged citrus stars in dishes and cocktails across the county.
Tavern House Kitchen + Bar
Blood orange crudo, $18
This starter at restaurateur David Wilhelm’s new spot overlooking Newport’s canals uses fresh fish and blood oranges alongside olives, capers, serrano chiles, red onions, and microgreens. NEWPORT BEACH, 949-673-8464
Blood orange ricotta pancakes, $12
This is the top seller on the casual spot’s Good Morning Sunshine menu. “Picked-with-a-purpose” ingredients also go into its warm berry compote, orange ricotta whipped cream, and maple syrup. ANAHEIM, 714-603-7076
The Blood Orange, $14
The maroon-hued cocktail at the sunny seafooder combines Ketel One Oranje, elderflower liqueur, and a dried-in-house blood orange slice for garnish—simple and as satisfying midday as in the evening. DANA POINT, 949-449-2822