With blood oranges in season (hurray!) I figured it was a perfect opportunity to concoct a new cocktail. I tried out a blood orange variation of the famous Mexican Martini earlier this week, but it was a fail (well, at least according to the hubby… I liked it). So, while I continue to fiddle with that recipe, I decided to try something else with my leftover blood orange purée. Thus was born the generically-named, but very tasty, blood orange cocktail.
It was a hit with both the hubby and me, so I call it a winner.
Blood Orange Cocktail
Based on this recipe
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz Cointreau
2 oz blood orange purée*
1 oz simple syrup
dash of blood orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker over plenty of ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
* Peel, segment, and seed 2 blood oranges. Add 1 Tbs simple syrup and a dash of lemon juice and purée in a blender. I found the basic recipe here in a recipe for blood orange margaritas, which is also on my must-try list soon.