Rebel Bartender Original Recipe: Blood Orange Martini

“Gin, lemon juice, and blood-orange soda?”

“I think it’s good.”

“I don’t know, it just seems like…shouldn’t there be something more?”

“It’s three ingredients.  That makes a cocktail.”

While the Rebel Bartender is not one to generally trust to others’ declarations, in this instance, she decided to assent to her husband’s wisdom.  Because while there may be something impressive about a drink that delicately balances five or six different flavors like a juggler spinning plates, there’s also a lot to be said for simplicity.  And in this instance, simplicity works surprisingly well.

This recipe was actually devised at the request of one of the Bartender’s friends, who tried an advertised “Blood Orange Martini” at a restaurant and found it to be unimpressive.  The Bartender’s original idea for a nonalcoholic base – fresh-squeezed blood orange juice – was stymied by the relative lack of imagination in Arizona produce aisles.  Fortunately, however, she came across some Italian Blood Orange Soda at Trader Joe’s, and it turned out to go surprisingly well with (of all things) Bombay Sapphire gin.  Other gins would probably work, too, but be forewarned that you’ll likely be trading the subtlety of Sapphire for more of a strong juniper flavor.  Which, depending on your tastes, might be what you want.

Blood Orange Martini

1 1/2 ounces Bombay Sapphire
1/4 ounce lemon juice
3 ounces blood orange soda, chilled

Shake the gin and lemon juice with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.  Gently pour the soda in over the other ingredients, swirling to mix.  Garnish with a lemon twist.

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Posted on 12 July 2011, in Gin-Based, Martini Style, Original, Recipes and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Mmmm.
    So do you think this would go well with the Hendrick’s I’m going to purchase so I can make a fleet of Pink Victrolae?

    • Honestly, I’m not certain. It’d be different, certainly, and my first concern is that the cucumber-and-rose-petal flavors wouldn’t be complementary to the lemon and orange. But hey, this is a blog devoted to experimentation – why not try it and report back?

  2. I wish there was a Trader Joes around…the cocktail sounds good.

    • I’m not sure what gourmet food stores they might have in New England, but I’ve also seen it at AJ’s Fine Foods, so I’d imagine you could find it at a different gourmet food store.

      Also, congrats – I think you’re the first commenter on my blog who’s not someone I directly know. :D

  3. Very interested to see this recipe. This New Years Eve, I made Bloody New Years; blood orange soda (Costco!), Ketel One Citroen, orange bitters and a lime garnish thrown in. My guests loved them more than I anticipated. They sound similar in concept.

    • They do! I love your idea of using orange bitters. Now that I live in an area where you can get strange and unusual ingredients (read: anything not painfully mainstream), I may have to give that a go.

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