I found it! I’ve finally found it!
See, after trying and loving Smitten Kitchen’s blood orange margarita, I was craving a vodka-martini version that would really show off the blood orange’s subtle flavor (and look amazing in a martini glass). I tried a bunch of different recipes from the Internet but nothing quite scratched my itch. (Also, once again, Internet, I need to remind you that “buy blood orange martini mix and combine with vodka” is not a cocktail recipe.)
The unsatisfactory recipes all had one problem in common: too much Cointreau. “Is too much Cointreau even possible?!” you cry. I know, I know, I was surprised too. But Cointreau is powerful stuff, guys. Add too much and it completely overwhelms every other flavor in your cocktail — especially if you’re starting with a base that’s already orange-flavored.
So I tinkered on my own and finally discovered what I think is the right formula. Ignore all of those recipes that have equal amounts of vodka and Cointreau. If what you want is a drink that tastes like a boozy blood orange — instead of a Cointreau-flavored drink that uses the blood orange for color and not much else — this is the recipe for you.
Petite Chablis Blood Orange Martini
2 oz blood orange juice, fresh-squeezed
1.5 oz vodka
0.25 oz (1/2 Tablespoon) fresh lime juice
1 tsp simple syrup
1 tsp Cointreau or triple sec
Shake all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and strain into a martini glass. For a smoother texture, strain the blood orange juice through a mesh strainer before adding it to the cocktail shaker (the strainer on the lid of the cocktail shaker will filter out most of the pulp, but not all of it).
Note: these were particularly dark blood oranges, so don’t worry if your cocktail isn’t quite this color. The flavor will still be amazing.