Blood orange seems to be the “it” fruit right now in recipes, so when I saw some at the local roadside farmer’s shop, I thought I’d pick some up! And make a martini with it. Yum!
My friend who’s quite the chef gave me this tip: buy blood oranges only when they are fresh, and make sure to use them up quickly, as they loose quite a bit of their flavour even a few days after their peak.
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce limoncello
- 1 ounce Grand Marnier (that’s the twist – it really adds a new dimension!)
- Juice of 4 blood oranges
- Juice of one lime or 4 key limes (this element was inspired from the blood orange & lime Italian sodas I used to get in university)
- 1 ounce agave nectar (or simple syrup)
- White sugar for glass rim (option)
Chill your martini glasses in your freezer for 10-15 minutes.
Pour all the ingredients into a martini shaker. Shake it until the agave nectar (or simple syrup) is fully combined. Add 5-6 ice cubes, and then shake until it’s too cold to hold in your hand! Or if your shaker is double-walled like mine, shake it for about 30 seconds.
Line the rim of your martini glasses sugar, wetting first with a lime wedge. Let set for about a minute. Then, strain the martini into your chilled glasses. And enjoy. Responsibly.
P.S. This is a very strong martini. If you like your drinks a bit on the sweeter side, halve the vodka and add the juice of one more blood orange.