Sunday, February 28

Get Ready for a Sexy New Cocktail: The Blood Orange Vodkatini

blood orange vodkatini

I'm not a big drinker, but I do love an occasional vodkatini, the Cosmopolitan being the prototype. A vodkatini is a cocktail made with vodka served "up" (without ice). It often includes vermouth, liquers, fruit juices, and fresh fruit.

Since it's peak blood orange season here in California, I was inspired to create my own cocktail, which I have named a "Blood Orange Vodkatini." The name "Blood Orange Vodkatini" may be more cosmopolitan than a Cosmopolitan.

Blood oranges are stunning. Peel back their orange and red speckled rind, and you'll discover a brilliant crimson flesh that is pleasingly sweet and tart. In this Blood Orange Vodkatini, the tangy blood orange juice is balanced by the sweeter Grand Marnier, creating a bright, smooth, and refreshing cocktail.

Blood Orange Vodkatini
Makes 1
Print recipe only here.

3 ounces vodka, preferably Ketle One
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces fresh blood orange juice

1. Add ingredients and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake under your fingers feel frozen. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

You might also enjoy these blood orange recipes from Food Blogga:
Tilapia with Zesty Blood Orange and Mango Salsa
Wild Arugula and Blood Orange Salad with Prosciutto
Italian Almond and Orange Torte with Blood Orange Compote

For more about the history of blood oranges and four more recipes, check out "Blood Oranges: Change You Can Believe In," one of my NPR Kitchen Window pieces from last year.

You might also enjoy these blood orange cocktail recipes:
Blood Orange Margarita Cocktail recipe at Wasabimon!
Blood Orange Ginger Saketini recipe at Kahakai
Midnight Ride Cocktail recipe at White on Rice Couple


Unplanned Cooking said...

I had a blood orange for the first time about a week ago. Unfortunately it didn't come with alcohol.

The Food Hunter said...

I can use one of these right now

ChichaJo said...

Mmmm...that looks good! Would love one! :)

Livin Local said...

Mmm, 'tis the season. Look luscious!

Meeta K. Wolff said...

i am coming over chica for a few of these! looks brilliant!

Tasty Eats At Home said...

I think we need to create some reason to celebrate with a few of these! This sounds great.

Susan from Food Blogga said...

unplanned cooking-Hah! ;)

foodhunter-I hear ya!


livinlocal-Tis the season, indeed.

meeta-Let's party!

tastyeatsathome-I didn't have any reason to celebrate, but I still had two this past weekend! ;)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I have 2 blood oranges left from my adventure into olive oil looks like it is cocktail hour:D

We Are Not Martha said...

I love blood oranges! I once had a blood orange margarita, but this martini looks absolutely delicious... and so simple too!


Susan from Food Blogga said...

val-That is so weird. I just made an olive oil cake with blood oranges last week. The pics are on my Flickr account. It's amazing, isn't it?

sues-I had a blood orange margarita once too and loved it.

Marc Winitz said...

Hey! Long time no talk...This looks delicious and very sexy, drinkably sexy. I feel of the face of the earth starting my new blog so I have mothballed Chefectomy. Miss my cooking blog friends so it was fun to visit. Hope you keeping dry in rainy San Diego. San Francisco is just flooded :(

Delishhh said...

What a great drink. I also love cosmopolitans and this sounds like a great alternative. Thanks for sharing. Also you have a great blog.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I LOVE blood oranges. Their juice is just the prettiest color. This is a great cocktail. If I could buy some oranges today, I could make one tonight. I have some Grand Marnier and Vodka at home.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Beautiful! I love the name, too.