Orange Blossom Martini

Orange Blossom Martini

When it’s brunch time, many of us don’t hesitate to order a mimosa. A mimosa is one of my favorite drinks, and is an easy go-to when I’m at one of my favorite restaurants during the day. But when it comes to dinner time, a mimosa may just not cut it. We want the fresh citrus flavor, but we may need another spirit other than champagne – and that’s where the orange martini comes in.

The Orange Blossom martini is a new favorite creation of mine – a martini that has the tang of the citrus flavor with a little sweet aftertaste that gives you the floral sweetness that you may be looking for to balance out the citrus. Unlike many of the other floral cocktail recipes that I have shared recently here on the blog such as my Kiss of Rose bourbon based cocktail, this martini is more outspoken if you catch my drift.

This martini has been a favorite among those that have tried it. My husband asked for a refill when I made it the first time and one of my friends tried the recipe herself and even admitted that she’s going to try a lot more of the other cocktail recipes by LivingLesh to see if those ones are as good as this one. A little hint…they are. If you are one that loves a fresh citrus flavor, this will be a cocktail that you’ll quickly want to add to your go-to cocktail recipes to make at home.

As much as I love going out for drinks, there is something special about being able to make fantastic beverages for your friends and family right in your own home. I love hosting, and it’s always fun to get to try out new recipes and creations on my loved ones and see which ones they enjoy. Making your own drinks at home is definitely cheaper than going out all of the time, and I love the warm and intimate environment of being able to enjoy great drinks from the comfort of your own home. Once I realized how much fun at home bartending is, I was sold – there’s no going back. Whether my husband and I are having friends over for a casual dinner, we’re throwing a gathering like a game night, or we’re hosting a party, I really enjoy making homemade drinks for everyone – and they seem to enjoy it, too!

Orange Blossom Cocktail

WHAT IS AN ORANGE MARTINI?

An orange martini is one of my recent favorite alcoholic beverages to make at home. It’s no secret that I love crafting different drinks for friends and family, and amidst my recent experimenting, my Orange Blossom Martini recipe has come out on top as one of the most popular drinks that I have made. I can’t blame them – it’s one of my favorites, too!

If you have never had an orange martini before, an orange martini is a sweet and tangy citrus cocktail that, if you are a fan of citrus flavors, you will be sure to love. An orange martini is basically a standard martini with a gin or vodka base – I prefer vodka – flavored with orange. There are a number of ways you can create this flavor combination using various fruit juices and syrups, but with a little bit of time and experimentation, I have discovered the combination that I love, and I’m super excited to share it with you here on the blog today.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A MARTINI?

First things first: in order to make a great orange martini, you first need to know how to make a killer regular martini. No amount of fun flavors and exciting combinations will make up for a subpar martini, so you want to make sure that you perfect your martini skills before moving on to anything fancier.

A martini is such a classic cocktail, so it’s important to have it mastered. If you want to be able to offer a classy and sophisticated beverage to your guests, knowing how to make a great martini will do the trick.

The most common martini consists of two ingredients: either gin or vodka and dry vermouth. I prefer vodka martinis to gin, so I usually use vodka in my martinis. I add both ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, then shake well. Once shaken, you pour the martini into a chilled martini glass and are free to garnish it as you wish.

You’ll be so glad that you learned how to make an incredible martini the next time that you have friends over for fancy dinners or cocktails. Throw in a great dessert and everyone will be begging you to host all of the upcoming events!

HOW DO YOU MAKE AN ORANGE MARTINI?

A quick search online will show you that there are plenty of different orange martini recipes you can use. (I would argue that mine is the best…but we’ll get to my recipe in a minute.)

There are a number of different ways to achieve the delicious, crisp, fresh taste of an orange martini. You can incorporate fresh orange juice for a naturally sweet and healthier option. You can also add an orange liqueur such as Triple Sec or orange vodka to achieve that great orange flavor, in addition to using an orange simple syrup. I like to garnish orange martinis with a dry orange slice as well, not only for the flavor but for the aesthetic appeal – dried oranges are so pretty and pleasing!

If you want to try a twist on the orange martini, you can also try making a blood orange martini. A great blood orange martini made with blood orange juice can be an easy homemade cocktail to add to your recipe list, although the recipe below is specifically for an orange martini, not a blood orange martini. Swapping for blood orange products instead of straight orange are all that you need, though, to upgrade your orange martini to a blood orange martini. They’re absolutely delicious!

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH AN ORANGE MARTINI?

Orange martinis are a great drink to serve at your next dinner party. I love to serve these alcoholic beverages at a dinner party with light far, such as salmon, salads, or pastas. This makes an orange martini an ideal drink to serve in the summertime with a meal where you will be serving other fruit as well, as the orange flavor will compliment fruits like grapes, cherries, watermelon, cantaloupe, or pineapple. 

You could also serve orange martinis at a breakfast for dinner party. After all, orange martinis are like the nighttime version of a mimosa, so it makes sense to pair them with your favorite breakfast food options. It’s one of my go to drink recipes breakfast foods will pair well with, so if you want to whip out the pancake griddle or waffle maker for an evening event, this drink is a great idea to pair with your meal. Again, those fresh and fruity flavors will really come alive – after all, who doesn’t love orange?

If you are planning to serve desserts, you can serve fruit-centric desserts such as a pineapple upside down cake, as the flavors will go together well. Orange also pairs beautifully with chocolate, so chocolate lovers can rejoice! Brownies, truffles, chocolate trifles, and all forms of chocolate cake are ideal to serve with an orange martini. I don’t know about you, but I’m always ready to jump on any excuse to bring out the chocolate.

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Orange Blossom Martini

Orange Blossom Martini


  • Author: Iesha Vincent
  • Total Time: 2 minutes

Description

This citrus cocktail gives you the tang that you need with just a little bit of sweetness. A perfect citruis martini for those who love the flavor.


Ingredients

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  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 1/4 oz Orange Blossom Syrup
  • 1/2 oz Lemon Juice
  • 1 oz Fresh Squeezed Nectarine Juice
  • Dried Lily (to garnish)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake well.
  2. Strain contents into a martini glass.
  3. Garnish and serve.
  • Cook Time: 2 mins

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