During the winter, dramatic deep crimson blood oranges are in season, so making a Blood Orange Vodka cocktail should be the top of your list. Tangy cocktails with blood orange juice feel like a first-class upgrade from classic OJ with all the added sweetness that blood oranges bring. They are sweeter than regular oranges, adding another flavour dimension, while the bold colour makes for pretty drinks. Get muddling with this quick and easy recipe that will wow your dinner party guests.
Our Deliciously Crimson Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail
PREP TIME 5 min
For a fantastic mocktail, just ditch the vodka and Grand Marnier and top it up with a little sparkling water
For a really classy way to elevate this lux drink is with a gorgeous and fragrant sprig of rosemary
The simplest blood orange garnish is a thin slice of the orange tucked into the side of the glass
Take a handful of ice and add to your mason jar or shaker
Pour all your ingredients over the ice
Cover and shake for 30 seconds, or until well chilled
Strain and pour into Collins or high ball glass, filled with a handful of ice
Garnish with a thin slice of orange, tucked down the side of the glass, and enjoy!
Blood Orange Vodka cocktail recipe
This zesty recipe is made at the drop of a hat, with no fancy mixing techniques involved, nor hard to come by ingredients. Our Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail is a lux version of the Screwdriver (OJ and vodka), blending fresh juice with a decent vodka like a SKYY. For extra zest, why not try it with SKYY’s Blood Orange infused Vodka? To finish the cocktail, add a dash of orange liqueur — something fabulous like Grand Marnier, which is a wickedly delicious blend of fine cognac and bitter orange – and, for extra tang, add a little freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice and a splash of bitters. This cocktail is big on citrus flavours, so balance the tang with a little simple syrup, if you like.
If you are using shop bought juice, make sure you choose a pure orange juice that’s made with 100% blood oranges for the best results. If you are juicing at home, one blood orange yields about 90ml, a perfect amount for one cocktail. If you fall in love with this tangy flavour and are looking for other cocktails with blood orange juice, just swap out regular orange juice in any of our Orange Juice cocktails or try our Blood Orange Margarita cocktail. Olé!
How to garnish the Blood Orange Vodka cocktail
- If you have blood oranges to spare, the simplest blood orange garnish for this bold crimson coloured drink is a thin slice of the orange tucked into the side of the glass
- A really classy way to elevate this lux drink is with a gorgeous and fragrant sprig of rosemary
- For funky ice cubes, freeze sprigs of rosemary in your ice cube trays with water, which makes a beautiful garnish along with your thin slice of orange