Blood Orange Martini. Stirred, not shaken.

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Blood Orange Martini. Stirred, not shaken.Don’t you love the color of this blood orange martini? It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and totally delicious!

If you’ve never tasted a blood orange, you’re in for such a treat! When you slice into these beauties, the first thing to strike you will be their vibrant color, and they’ve got a delicious, rich flavor to match!

More citrusy cocktails: Sparkling Grapefruit Margarita, Maple-Basil Mojito, Sweet Orange and Rosemary Shrub

Blood Orange Martini. Stirred, not shaken.

If you can’t find blood oranges at your grocery store, you can use a regular orange to make this martini. The flavor will be similar, but it won’t have that super special deep red that marks a real blood orange martini.

A note about juicing:

I found my blood orange difficult to juice. The sections kept popping right out of the peel when I squeezed! A citrus juicer would have helped, but we don’t have one. If you have this problem too, don’t scrap your blood orange martini plans! Grab a strainer and try this:

  1. Place a few sections into a strainer held over a small bowl.
  2. Use the back of a spoon to mash, mash, mash the orange sections until you get out every last bit of juice.
  3. Repeat until you’ve juiced that whole orange!

Blood Orange Martini. Stirred, not shaken.

A note about sugar:

There is optional sugar in this recipe. Blood oranges can range from deliciously sweet to rather tart, so add sugar to taste, as needed. I’ve had some blood oranges that are delicious as-is and others that are almost as sour as a lemon. It’s hard to tell what you’re going to get, so I can’t say for sure how much sugar you’ll need.

Blood Orange Martini

Ingredients

  • juice of 1 blood orange (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon sugar, optional
  • ice

Method

  1. In a small bowl or a pint glass, combine the blood orange juice, vodka, and sugar (if you’re using it).
  2. Add 5 ice cubes to the glass, and stir for 30 seconds, then pour into a small glass or a martini glass, using your spoon to keep the ice cubes from following the drink into the glass. Serve immediately.
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