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The blood orange martini is a zingy cocktail starring this vibrant citrus fruit! Shake it up with vodka and lime for a memorable drink.

Blood Orange Martini
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Here’s a zingy cocktail that makes the most of this unique citrus fruit: a Blood Orange Martini! Blood orange season is short, usually December through April depending on your location. So why not grab a bunch to mix up deliciously sweet tart cocktails? This drink matches the floral citrus from the blood orange with the tang of lime juice, making a balanced, drinkable flavor. It’s one of our favorite ways to drink the juice from this fruit…outside of the Blood Orange Margarita, that is!

What’s in a blood orange martini?

The blood orange martini is a spin on the flavored vodka martini: which is about as far from the classic dry martini as could be! A Classic Martini is made with gin and vermouth, and has a very dry flavor. But there’s a whole family of vodka martinis that are the exact opposite: fruity and sweet tart. They bear more resemblance to a Cosmo than a martini!

Two vodka martinis make the list of International Bartender Association’s IBA official cocktails, meaning they have official definitions (the lemon drop martini and the espresso martini). But most vodka martini recipes are free-form and depend on the bartender. Here’s what’s in our blood orange martini:

Blood oranges

Use fresh squeezed blood orange juice…or bottled in a pinch

It’s easy to find blood orange juice in a bottle these days: making it possible to make this blood orange martini any time of the year! Of course, we love it best with fresh squeezed juice from real blood oranges. In that case, you can use wedges for a garnish too! If you do purchase juice, make sure it’s 100% juice without added sweetener. (You can actually squeeze juice from any type of orange here, including navels, clementines and satsumas.)

How to make a blood orange martini (basic steps)

The blood orange martini is very easy to make: all you need is a cocktail shaker! If you don’t have one, you can also use a glass jar with a cover, and a strainer to strain out the drink. Here’s what to do:

  1. Shake: Add the blood orange juice, vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup to the cocktail shaker. Shake for 15 seconds until cold.
  2. Strain: Strain the drink into a glass and serve!
  3. Garnish: A blood orange wedge gives a nice added touch. Martinis are always served straight up, so no need to add ice when you serve it.
Blood orange martini

More blood orange cocktails!

Got ahold of a bounty of blood oranges? This citrus is perfect for mixing into cocktails and recipes. Here are some favorite blood orange cocktails to try:

When to serve this blood orange martini

A blood orange martini works before dinner, after dinner, or anytime in between. Serve it as a:

  • Happy hour drink
  • Afternoon cocktail
  • Christmas cocktail or winter drink
  • Valentine’s Day drink
  • Late night drinks drink
  • Girls or guys night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Blood orange martini

Blood Orange Martini

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The blood orange martini is a zingy cocktail starring this vibrant citrus fruit! Shake it up with vodka and lime for a memorable drink.


  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) blood orange juice
  • 1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) Cointreau
  • ½ ounce (1 tablespoon) lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup or maple syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters (optional)


  1. Place the blood orange juice, vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, syrup, and bitters (optional) in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake 15 seconds until cold.
  2. Strain the drink into a cocktail or martini glass. Garnish with a blood orange wedge and serve. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

More martini recipes

There are so many martinis! Here are a few more types of martinis to try:

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Jonathan Van Lahr says:

    Or you can use Splenda to create the simple syrup. Sweetness with no calories. It’s a win-win.
    With that said, if you are drinking this, why are you worried about calories, just enjoy the drink.

  2. Kenneth F. LaVoie III says:

    Without the simple syrup this is literally diabetes inducing. Skp the simple and the hardiest sweet tooth will find it sufficiently decadent.