Orange Martini cocktail recipe
I have an obsession with citrus—it’s like my secret weapon in so many of my cake recipes, such as Cranberry Orange Cake or Ghostly Chocolate Orange Tarts. There’s just something about that burst of citrusy goodness that elevates my sweet cakes to a whole new level, and cocktails are no exception.
I’ve been using lime and lemon in many martini recipes, like Lemon Drop Martini or Key Lime Martini. They’re the dynamic duo in my martini adventures. But lately, I was feeling the need for another citrus flavor, something fresh and vibrant. That’s when I decided to make an Orange Martini.
There’s just something about the way orange blends with the martini vibes. It’s like they were made for each other, dancing in harmony. This is my Orange Martini recipe:
- 2 oz vodka
- 1 oz triple sec
- 1 oz fresh orange juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- Ice cubes
- Orange peel for garnish
- In a shaker, combine vodka, triple sec, fresh orange juice, and simple syrup.
- Add a handful of ice cubes to the shaker.
- Shake the mixture for about 15 seconds to chill the ingredients.
- Strain the elixir into a chilled martini glass.
- Express the citrus essence by twisting a thin strip of orange peel over the drink and drop it in for an aromatic touch.
Orange Martini Variations
This orange cocktail is just a base for you to create multiple variations to discover your favorite orange martini, whether you prefer the classic citrusy notes or crave a more complex and indulgent flavor profile!
Orange Creamsicle Martini: This delightful martini combines the zesty freshness of oranges with whipped cream vodka. To make it, mix orange juice, half and half, and vodka. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange slice for that extra burst of citrus.
Blood Orange Martini recipe: Elevate your martini experience with the bold and rich flavor of blood oranges. To make a Blood Orange Martini, use blood orange vodka, orange liqueur, and fresh blood orange juice. Shake vigorously, strain, and enjoy the deep crimson hue. Garnish with a twist of blood orange peel.
Orange Bitters Martini: For a sophisticated twist, you can try an Orange Bitters Martini. Combine gin, orange bitters, and a touch of dry vermouth. Stir well and strain into a chilled martini glass. The aromatic bitters add depth to the citrusy notes, creating a well-balanced cocktail.
Orange Blossom Martini: Mix gin, orange blossom water, and elderflower liqueur. Shake until chilled, strain, and pour into a martini glass. Instead of orange peel, you can garnish with an edible flower for a fragrant and visually appealing drink.
Chocolate Orange Espresso Martini: For this version, you can combine chocolate liqueur, orange vodka, and freshly brewed espresso. The combination of chocolate and orange with a caffeine kick is a true delight.
Mandarin Orange Martini: Bring a touch of the exotic to your martini with the mandarin oranges. Mix mandarin orange vodka, triple sec, and a splash of citrusy lime juice.
Cranberry Orange Martini: Perfect for the festive season, the Cranberry Orange Martini is a vibrant and tangy choice. To make this martini, combine cranberry vodka, triple sec, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. Shake, strain, and garnish with a few floating cranberries for a cheerful presentation.
Chocolate Orange Martini: For chocolate lovers, this martini is a must-try. It’s easy to make: mix chocolate liqueur, orange vodka, and a splash of cream. Shake well with ice and strain into a martini glass.