Blood Orange Vodka Martini: you just need three ingredients to make a fizzy, tart, pink-tinted drink: citrus vodka, fresh blood orange juice and seltzer water or a lemon lime soda.
Blood orange martinis are perfect any time but especially in February if you're in a cold weather climate in the U.S. and wonder if you'll ever see the sun again.
But, blood orange drinks are also good if you're someplace warm.
Blood Orange Martinis
It's winter time. What's a girl to do other than eat carbs?
I did go snow-shoeing this morning then mixed up a batch of blood orange martinis, which takes all of two minutes and three ingredients.
I have a deep love for all things citrus.
My most popular cocktail recipe is the Lemon Drop Martini.
Grapefruit Martini recipe is another popular post here.
Also, in full disclosure, I'm on the coast where the weather has been bitterly cold but not blizzardy so don't feel sorry for me!
What Do Blood Oranges Taste Like?
Blood oranges taste like a regular navel orange's slightly bitter older sister.
They look like navel oranges except most will have a splotch or two of red on the skins. When you slice open a blood orange is when things get, well, bloody in a juicy way.
Details about the Moro blood orange, which is a common variety sold in produce markets.
How to Make a Blood Orange Martini
- Fill a cocktail shaker or a mason jar, with ice.
- Add an ounce of freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- Add two ounces of vodka.
- Shake for at least one minute or until juice and vodka are extremely cold.
- Pour into a rocks glass or martini glass.
- Top with seltzer water or leave as is.
I used grapefruit vodka but plain or any citrus vodka would also work.
Garnish with a slice of blood orange and enjoy.
Or make dried orange slices to use as garnish.
Related: Are you wondering if flavored vodka contains sugar?
Blood Orange Martinis
Blood Orange Vodka Martini
Blood orange martinis are slightly fizzy and bitter with a ruby tint from the blood orange.
- 1 cocktail shaker or mason jar full of ice
- 2 ounces grapefruit or plain or citrus vodka
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 4 ounces seltzer or lemon lime soda
- blood orange wedges for garnish
Slice and juice blood orange unless using already prepared juice.
Put a cup of ice cubes in a cocktail shaker or mason jar.
Add blood orange juice and vodka.
Shake until the container is ice cold and your hand is freezing.
Switch hands and shake for another minute.
Pour into a rocks glass or a martini glass.
Garnish with a blood orange wheel.
Blood oranges are usually available in the produce section of your grocery store in the U.S. between January and March.
Be sure to use a cutting board when you're slicing and juicing the blood orange. I haven't had blood orange juice stain a counter top yet but there's a first time for everything.
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 1 drink
Amount Per Serving Calories 120Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 187mgCarbohydrates 107gFiber 5gSugar 20gProtein 3g