When I was freshly out of college, single, and responsibility free, my friends and I used to frequent the same restaurants and bars on the weekends. One such bar was called East Andrews, and it was where we went if we wanted to feel cool and sophisticated. And in the spirit of feeling cool and sophisticated, one must drink a cosmo. I mean, I knew this for a fact - I did watch Sex and the City, after all.
With those days long gone, I don't have much need to come off as urban and cool - let's not kid ourselves, I drive a minivan - but I still like cosmos just the same.
Instead of the usual combo of cranberry juice, orange juice, lime juice, and vodka, I used the juice from a few gorgeous and sweet blood oranges. I think that blood oranges are just a little more tart than naval oranges, which leads to this cocktail being less on the sweet side, more on the sweet-tart side - just how I like it! And of course, given the gorgeous ruby-red color of blood oranges, the color of this cocktail is unmatched - how pretty is that??
As always, when making a cocktail, feel free to adjust the amounts and ratios as you prefer. This particular cosmo isn't super strong, so if you're a vodka lover, by all means, bottoms up!
Blood Orange Cosmopolitans
makes about 4-5 martinis
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (2-3 blood oranges)
- 3/4 cup cranberry juice
- 1/3 cup Grand Marnier (or other orange liqueur)
- 1 1/4 cups vodka
Combine all of the ingredients in a large cocktail shaker. Add a handful of ice, shake vigorously, and pour into chilled martini glasses. If your cocktail shaker isn't big enough to hold all of the liquid, mix it first in a large measuring cup, then shake in the cocktail shaker in batches.
Serve, garnished with a slice or wedge of a blood orange if you'd like.