Monday, January 30, 2012
January Cocktail: Blood Orange Martini
I heard about a blood orange liqueur and actually found one at a local liquor store. Well, we bought it and it was good, but I was a little disappointed. It had kind of a weird taste to it. I decided to wait until blood oranges were available at the store and make a martini using freshly-squeeze blood orange juice.
The fresh blood orange juice was the ticket. So fresh tasting! Here's the recipe I came up with. Frozen limeade concentrate is my secret ingredient in fruity martini's. A lot of martini recipes call for fresh lime juice, which I don't always have. I keep a can of frozen limeade in the freezer and just spoon out some as I need it. It adds a sweet-tart zip to the drink. Now if I could only find frozen limeade without high fructose corn syrup!
Blood Orange Martini
makes 2 drinks
4 oz. vodka
3 oz. blood orange juice
2 oz. triple sec (or other orange flavored liqueur)
2 tsp. frozen limeade concentrate
2 slices blood oranges for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into two martini glasses. Garnish with blood oranges slices if desired.