I am really excited to share this cocktail with you. Normally I only enjoy blood orange cocktails in the wintertime when blood oranges are in season. I’ve always loved the unique flavor-profile of blood oranges, they are almost raspberry-like with citrus notes. And the color is quite outstanding.
Driving across town the other day I was thinking about my favorite sparkling Italian soda. It was 90+ degrees and I was so thirsty. I was out shopping for a weekend cocktail party and couldn’t help think my favorite blood orange soda could be made into the perfect martini.
At home I started playing around with some ingredients and honestly I think this is one of my favorite martinis ever made. REALLY! It’s refreshing, balanced and the perfect drink on a hot, summer evening.
I ended up serving them at my cocktail party and they were a hit and so easy to make.
This is my favorite Sparkling Italian Soda, San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa (Blood Orange). It’s a lovely drink on its own, but transformed into a martini, it’s amazing. Wow.
This is available almost anywhere, usually in the nicer supermarkets. Do not substitute the regular orange flavor, it’s not the same. Blood Orange is what you want.
I haven’t been able to stop thinking about these lovely things…that’s kind-of scary. However, once you have one, you’ll be in the same boat.
I also wanted to share my favorite citrus juicer. I have tried so many and this squeezer will get juice out of the driest piece of citrus. It’s an absolute must in the kitchen.
Summertime Blood Orange Martinis
- 4 oz San Pellegrino Aranciata Rossa Sparkling Beverage
- 2.5 oz vodka (prefer Tito's Handmade)
- 0.5 oz Cointreau
- juice of one whole lime
- chipped ice
- slice of lime
- Add San Pellegrino, vodka, Cointreau and lime juice to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass filled halfway with chipped ice and a slice of lime.
nancy geragi says
It’s a little after ten am here on the east coast….and i could use one of these NOW! They sound so refreshing! While i can no longer indulge for health reasons I’m adding this to my recipe book! It will be a delight to serve at my next dinner. Once again thanks Noble Pig for a great posting!…beeperbeak in virginia
this looks outstanding! I hope I can find some Sanpellagrino today!
It shouldn’t be a problem, it’s widely available in nicer grocery stores.
I love this flavor, it makes such a gorgeous cocktail as well!
That is our favorite drink too, can’t wait to make this Martini with it!!
Christine at Cook the Story says
Gorgeous drink and beautiful stemware!
Angie | Big Bear's Wife says
Oh my gosh, Cathy! They look pretty!!
How does the soda do when shaken? Does it fizz all over? Does it lose some of its carbonation?
No fizz at all. San Pellegrino is not a very fizzy product.
I made these over the weekend and they are the bomb! What a delicious, refreshing cocktail.
So glad you enjoyed them, they are my new favorite.
Allison Roberts says
I was trying to find blood orange juice with no luck then I came across your recipe with the Sanpellegrino which was easier to find. Very yummy! Thanks!
Sid Reed says
I have been making these for years and my friends always ask me for a BOM (Blood Orange Martini ). I also make batches of them in large empty plastic Juice bottles and keep them on ice in the cooler to save having to make them individually. I changed mine up a bit and used Grand Marnier and Triple Sec in place of the Cointreau. I agree with Using Tito’s but Grey Goose and Absolut are as good. Enjoy…Cheers!
John and Jacqueline Paolucci says
This is a great drink recipe. Been using it since NYE 2014/15. Thanks Noble Pig.
Lori @ RecipeGirl says
I’m all over these this summer!
Instead of the cointreau try the Solerno blood orange liquor. Very tasty