Two summers ago, I had a drink at a restaurant downtown that changed my life. Yes, changed my life. I saw “blood orange martini” on the menu and, intrigued, I ordered one. Little did I know that this innocent order would start an obsession that I’d be compelled to feed for the rest of my life.
Okay, maybe that’s a tad dramatic, but seriously, these are so good. When it’s December and everyone is eager for family and presents and cookies, I’m scouting the markets for blood oranges. And this week I found them. The blood orange and I have been reunited.
Go get some, now, and make a martini. You’ll thank me.
¼ cup blood orange juice (about 1 orange)
¼ cup citrus vodka if you like it mild, ½ cup if you like it stronger
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Mix all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Pour into a chilled glass and prepare to become addicted.