Sunday, February 28, 2010

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