Sweet Spirit for the Holidays — A Festive Blood Orange Martini

Festive Blood Orange Martini (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)
Festive Blood Orange Martini (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

For any of you ladies (and gentlemen) who enjoyed watching the HBO series “Sex and the City” as much as I did, hopefully, you will remember Carrie and her city friends enjoying their pink Cosmopolitan martinis! Cosmos, as they were known, started a big trend for stylish young women all across the US. My simple blood orange martini recipe is a take-off of the traditional Cosmopolitan martini, and is quite festive for the holidays!

My favorite festive Blood Orange Martini with a garnish of a blood orange slice and served with cashews (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

Blood oranges have been staples on the winter holiday table throughout my lifetime. The lovely fruit is such a treat for those who’ve never experienced one. Cut into the orange rind and you will find a deep garnet red or maybe a lighter red/orange-mottled juicy flesh inside.

Deep Red Blood Orange (Photo Credit: tradewindsfruit.com)

If you can’t find fresh blood oranges in your area, or even frozen or bottled blood orange juice, you can use fresh orange juice mixed with a splash of cranberry. Won’t necessarily taste exactly the same, yet will offer a similar color. And I like to use a regular navel orange slice as a contrasting garnish to the sumptuous reddish liquid.

Enjoy!

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From the kitchen of A Food Lover’s Delight….

Festive Blood Orange Martini

Ingredients:

2 oz lemon vodka
1 oz orange liqueur (such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau)
1/2 oz simple syrup
1/2 c fresh-squeezed blood orange juice (can use frozen or bottled)
4 – 6 large ice cubes
Blood orange or regular orange slice for garnish (can remove the rind)

Method:

Shake all ingredients in martini shaker. Pour into martini glass. Garnish with a thin orange slice.

Makes one beverage. Blood oranges can be a bit sour sometimes — so use more simple syrup and adjust to your taste if you prefer a sweeter drink.

Enjoy a blood orange martini during the holidays (Photo Credit: Adroit Ideals)

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