If you can get your hands on a good amount of blood oranges and you enjoy fruity cocktails, I highly recommend that you make this cocktail along with a [full or partial] batch of blood orange-infused vodka. In my part of the country, blood oranges are in season now — check the produce department at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, I’ve seen them at both stores recently. This crimson-hued libation is perfect for Valentine’s Day or no occasion at all.
Blood Orange Martini
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail
- 2 – 4 ounces (57 – 113 grams) strained, freshly squeezed Blood Orange Juice¹
- 1 ounce (28 grams) Blood Orange-infused Vodka
- 1/2 ounce (14 grams) Cointreau
- Angostura Aromatic Bitters (optional)
- Blood Orange Wedge, for moistening rim
- Blood Orange Rimming Sugar (see recipe below)
Combine juice through Cointreau with ice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar; add a drop or two of bitters, if desired. Shake until thoroughly chilled; set aside. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with orange wedge, dip into blood orange sugar (I pour a thin layer onto a plate and dip rim into it). Strain into sugar-rimmed glass, serve immediately.
¹ I needed a large amount of blood orange juice to make party quantities, so I used the following bottled 100% blood orange juice: http://www.dreamfoods.com/italian_volcano_juices.php (purchased at Whole Foods), NOT blood orange soda. Also, to stretch them further and make them friendly to a wider array of palates, four ounces of juice was used instead of two — I typically prefer two to keep them closer to a “true” martini.
Blood Orange Rimming Sugar
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Yields: 1/2 cup
- 1 packed teaspoon finely grated (Microplane) Blood Orange Zest
- 96 grams (1/2 cup) Granulated White sugar
- 8 grams (1 tablespoon) Powdered Sugar
Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse/run machine until well-combined (about 30 seconds – 1 minute). Transfer to a mason jar or bowl; cover tightly and store in the fridge for a week or so.