Spiced Blood Orange Martini

Martini

Blood oranges come into season just in time for festive fun (blink and you may miss them as they are only briefly available in the UK). I love them and so always get excited to include them in my dishes. And in drinks, too, for their blush red colour – this means a Blood Orange Martini, of course! Any food or drink containing star anise always gets my attention and I confess to getting delightfully tipsy creating this delicious and simple cocktail 😉 Now, I’m definitely not saying its OK to drink this beyond a couple of glasses because naturally that would be a big lie. But as I know cocktails are something that many of you wish to enjoy over the festive season, I wanted to create one that wasn’t too heavy on the sugar. Bad news though –  alcohol is still alcohol whatever we add to it – and our poor livers do have to process whatever form it comes in, so easy does it whatever your tipple might be.

I hope you enjoy this festive martini in moderation! And, if it’s an alcohol free night (which I encourage regularly, especially during the festive season), then just avoid the alcohol and add a little sparkling water in its place.

Serves 4 // Prep 10 mins, plus chilling // Cook 15 mins

You’ll need

  • 500 ml blood orange juice (8-10 blood oranges or from a bottle)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tsp coconut nectar
  • 200 ml vodka
  • 100 ml red vermouth
  • 1 blood orange, sliced for garnish

Step-by-step

  1. Put the blood orange juice, cinnamon and star anise into a small pan and simmer for 15 mins. Taste the juice – if it is very tart add the coconut nectar.
  2. Leave to cool and then chill.
  3. When ready to serve, strain the infused juice into a jug and mix in the vodka and vermouth.
  4. Divide between 4 martini glasses and serve with a slice of blood orange.

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