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Blood Orange Martini

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Blood Orange season is wrapping up, so make this citrusy vodka cocktail while you can. St. Germain ads a botanical note while a dash or two of orange bitters at the end brings together all the flavors.

June was a bit of a rough month, recovering from surgery, then a back injury flaring up. Flaring up is a nice way to put that. Easy to say I was begging for a cocktail at the end of some days. (No medications were combined with alcohol, settle down.) Sipping this on my patio in the shade (check out my DIY Patio Umbrella) was a splendid end to a few days.

What is a Blood Orange?

Blood Oranges are a variety of oranges that are usually produced March to May each year. The “blood” or dark red color comes from a special type of pigment that is unique to this variety of oranges. The taste is said to be something of a typical orange crossed with a raspberry.

What are Bitters?

Bitters are basically the salt and pepper of a drink. Bitters can be made from basically anything: herbs, fruits, flowers producing a bitter or sweet flavor note at the end of tasting a drink. Bitters are used to balance out a drink, they engage other tastes to give a fuller flavor profile. It sounds fancy and intimidating, but it’s not when you get a few, taste and play with them. You sort of feel like a made chemist.

The most popular are Angostura bitters, also called aromatic bitters. Think of Thanksgiving and Christmas candles, that’s what Angostura bitters remind me off – dried herbs and orange peel. I have that along with lemon, orange and Peychaud’s Bitters which I haven’t played with yet.

How do you juice oranges?

I suppose you could use a manual press like you do for lemons/limes – but then your wrists would be hella tired and you would hate yourself. You need quite a few blood oranges to get enough juice. I use this electric juicer, it’s amazing.

What do I need to make this?

You’ll need:

I hope you enjoy – Cheers!

Blood Orange Martini
Yield: 2

Blood Orange Martini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Celebrate Blood Orange season with this subtle Martini made with smooth vodka, a touch of St. Germain and mellow Blood Orange juice tied together with a dash of Orange Bitters. Cheers!

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz St. Germain
  • 1.5 oz Blood Orange Juice
  • Dash of Orange Bitters

Instructions

  1. Juice Blood Oranges and strain any bits or pulp from juice
  2. In a shaker with ice, combine Blood Orange juice, St. Germain and Vodka.
  3. Do all the shaking to get this drink nice and cold
  4. Poor In Martini Glasses
  5. Add a dash of Orange Bitters
  6. Garnish with Blood Orange Slices

Notes

I used a cobbler shaker for this drink along with almost overly-ripe Blood Oranges for easy squeez'n.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 171Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 73mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 0g
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