Blood Orange Oysters Perfect for New Year

Wishing you all a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2024. As we look back at the year that has been and the year to come, many use the start of the New Year to make plans. Hemingway himself said said: “ happy and make plans.”

Here is one of our ways to incorporate a favourite ingredient into the celebrations.

As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

~~ Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

  • ½ cup of champagne or white wine vinegar
  • 2 shallots (finely diced)
  • 1 blood orange (juice)
  • pinch of sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ground black pepper
  • chive or fennel fronds


Shuck oysters or ask your fishmonger to do it. It is really not that difficult and as practice makes perfect, now there is an excuse to enjoy oysters more often. The Gourmet Bon Vivant website has a great video on how to shuck oysters and we do love their recipe for fresh oysters with champagne and blood orange mignonette too. Both HERE

Mix the mignonette ingredients together: champagne or white wine vinegar, shallots, blood orange juice and sugar. Season to taste.

Arrange oysters on a plate over a layer of rock salt or crushed ice – you can get some beautiful oyster plates.

To serve, spoon the blood orange mignonette over each oyster. Perhaps add a decorative small piece of blood orange or garnish with chive or fennel fronds and serve with a glass of bubbles to celebrate.


Recipe from