Blood Orange Martini

blood orange martini

If you can get your hands on a good amount of blood oranges and you enjoy fruity cocktails, I highly recommend that you make this cocktail along with a [full or partial] batch of blood orange-infused vodka. In my part of the country, blood oranges are in season now — check the produce department at your local Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s, I’ve seen them at both stores recently. This crimson-hued libation is perfect for Valentine’s Day or no occasion at all.

Blood Orange Martini

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Makes: 1 cocktail




  • Blood Orange Wedge, for moistening rim
  • Blood Orange Rimming Sugar (see recipe below)

Combine juice through Cointreau with ice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar; add a drop or two of bitters, if desired. Shake until thoroughly chilled; set aside. Moisten the rim of a martini glass with orange wedge, dip into blood orange sugar (I pour a thin layer onto a plate and dip rim into it). Strain into sugar-rimmed glass, serve immediately.


¹ I needed a large amount of blood orange juice to make party quantities, so I used the following bottled 100% blood orange juice: (purchased at Whole Foods), NOT blood orange soda. Also, to stretch them further and make them friendly to a wider array of palates, four ounces of juice was used instead of two — I typically prefer two to keep them closer to a “true” martini.

blood orange rimming sugar

Blood Orange Rimming Sugar

Heather Sage

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Yields: 1/2 cup


  • 1 packed teaspoon finely grated (Microplane) Blood Orange Zest
  • 96 grams (1/2 cup) Granulated White sugar
  • 8 grams (1 tablespoon) Powdered Sugar


Combine all ingredients in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse/run machine until well-combined (about 30 seconds – 1 minute). Transfer to a mason jar or bowl; cover tightly and store in the fridge for a week or so.

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  • Reply
    Kiri W.
    February 7, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Yum. Need I say more? 😉 And the color is lovely.

  • Reply
    heather sage
    February 7, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Nothing like citrus hues to brighten up winter!

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