behind the bar: dia and patrick’s sardinian blood orange mojito

This week we are featuring the Sardinian inspired creation of the super talented wedding photographer, Dia Rao, and her equally talented (new) fiancé Patrick Haynes.  First, we want to congratulate Dia & Patrick on getting engaged less than a week ago!!!   Dia is a California based destination wedding photographer whose work is inspirational, exciting and fresh.  She has a passion for all things crafty and finds continuous joy in the fact that her job lets her travel.  This year Patrick and Dia photographed weddings in Italy, Cabo & Sayulita.  Next year they’ll be working in Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Cape Cod.

Patrick is also the owner of Fatbelly Productions where he produces videos for clients such as the Grammy Awards, Intel and HP.  Being such a creative couple we knew the pair would come up with an amazing drink for everyone to enjoy and the Sardinian Blood Orange Mojito does not disappoint!  [Alissa + Ryan]

CLICK HERE for the full recipe after the jump!

“This drink was one part inspiration from our travels and one part love of Mojitos. We had just finished photographing a wedding in Tuscany and headed off to Sardinia for some much needed RNR.  It was here on the white sandy beaches with the jagged coastline that we sipped one of the best Mojitos we had ever tasted.  The next morning, breakfast was served with dark-red, super sweet blood orange juice.  It was only when we had returned home and found ourselves continuously saying, “Those Mojiots…wow!  And that blood orange juice!” that we decided to try mixing the two.  And voilà, we created the Sardinian Blood Orange Mojito.  We hope you enjoy!”


2 Bunches of Mint

1 Cup of Fresh Squeezed Blood Orange Juice (you can substitute Trader Joe’s Blood Orange Soda)

2 shots of Rum

2 Tablespoons of Sugar (omit if you use the TJ’s juice)

Juice of 1 Lime

1 cup of ice

1 shaker & Muddler


Add mint, lime juice and sugar to shaker.

Muddle the ingredients until the mint is well crushed.

Add rum, blood orange juice and ice.

Shake well and serve garnished with remaining mint and a slice of lime.


  1. Lauren says:

    Any strategic reasons this was posted on Friday!? Is it 5 O’ Clock yet? Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Megan Lane says:

    looks like i will finally be using the mint from my garden this weekend! yummmm, i love blood orange juice almost as much as i love mojitos.. this is going to be fantastic!

  3. ktinka says:

    WOW! That looks delicious. Maybe I will make some this weekend. NOM!

  4. tanya says:

    my birthday is comming up. sounds like a perfect drink for a party!

  5. That looks like perfection in a glass. can’t wait to try it!

  6. Katie says:

    Maybe this is a silly question…but what is a muddler?

  7. jenn says:

    mmmmm… this looks deliciously refreshing!

  8. Spiral Style says:

    A delicious post! Images and recipe.

  9. Jill says:

    Where are those glasses from?

  10. Dia says:

    The glasses are from Anthropologie! For some reason they’re not on the website, but they have them in the store.

  11. Rebecca says:

    Katie, a muddler is a wooden stick that is use to lightly crush the mint and lime.

  12. this sounds so yummy!

  13. Sue Haynes says:

    I am impressed… great recipe and wonderful pictures.

  14. Have.To.Have.This.Before.The.Weekend.Is.Complete.

  15. Aly says:

    Can’t wait to try! My hubby and I *love* mojitos!

  16. Katie says:

    Thanks, Rebecca! I’m excited to try these :)

  17. Celine says:

    recipe sounds good. too bad blood oranges aren’t in season right now…could the recipe not have been based on one of the many delicious fruits in season? just a thought

  18. These look delicious…and so pretty! I am definately going to try this.

  19. the purcells says:

    looks and sounds delicious – perfect for this steamy ny summer!

  20. Melissa says:

    Love the photos of the beach. This drink sounds like a perfect drink for a relaxing weekend or a party.

  21. Liz says:

    What a beautiful color Mojito, it reminds me of the beach sunsets. Sweet!

  22. Aansy says:

    looks so delicious. definitely gonna make this

  23. max says:

    Gosh, I’m drooling over my keyboard! This drink looks like an essence of holiday in a glass, I can imagine myself sitting on some exotic beach…stop, time to go back to reality…

  24. jen a says:

    oh the photos of sardinia made my heart skip a beat – i lived there for nearly three years and it was beyond magical. this looks like an amazing cocktail!

  25. YEAH!! I love it!! I love me some blood oranges..mmmm. We need to celebrate and enjoy these together!!

  26. Mama Lisha says:

    Loving this dynamic duo… oh, and the beautiful colored drink too… will follow your blog!


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