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Blood oranges can help to turn a classic cocktail into a beautiful and uniquely colored spring drink. Did you know that the typical season for blood oranges runs from January through mid-April? That means now is the perfect time to pick up some fresh blood oranges (check your local farmers market for the best tasting, end of season fruits) and serve the yummy, sweet and tart Blood Orange Martini.
I first discovered this amazing drink during a weekend spend at the La Jolla Shores Hotel with my mom and sisters. One evening, after a soak in the hot tub, we sat at the bar overlooking the Pacific for a round or two of cocktails. It was mid-April and the bartender recommended that we take advantage of the fresh, ripe blood oranges and order their signature martini. Thank you, wise bartender, for that excellent advice!
It was my cocktail of choice for the rest of our stay and I had to find a version to make at home. I’ve been able to recreate this perfect cocktail (not too sweet, so satisfying and perfect for sipping) using this simple version from the always in the know Martha Stewart website.
1/2 cup citrus-flavored vodka
1/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 1 orange)
2 tablespoons Simple Syrup
(Simple Syrup is always useful to have on hand for all types of cocktails. You can make a batch and store it in the fridge for future use. With a nice, tight lid, it should last about a month.)
Dried blood orange segments, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, juice, and simple syrup with ice; shake well. Strain into 2 martini glasses, and garnish with orange segments.
This recipe is for two drinks, so you will want to double or triple as needed! I like to use fresh slices of orange as a garnish as well. This cocktail makes a very refreshing and elegant drink for girl’s night in, a cocktail party or even Easter brunch.