image of a Blood Orange Cosmo with a Lemon Slice garnish

Blood Orange Cosmo Recipe

Originally Posted On May 10, 2023 and Last Updated On

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Blood Orange Cosmopolitan Recipe

The Blood Orange Cosmopolitan drink is as delicious as it is simple. I remember bartending at a private holiday party where they served this drink. The minute they opened the bar, the drink became an instant hit, and was gone within a few minutes.

The bartenders and waitstaff had to continually replenish the bar with the ingredients needed to make the drink because the entire crowd had been sold on this cocktail.

I’m just putting it out there. The Blood Orange Cocktail is an extremely delicious drink, and is by far, an excellent choice to use during any social occasion – be it a company-sponsored happy hour, trivia night or a more intimate setting such as a housewarming or holiday house party.

The drink’s simplicity and deliciousness lend themselves very well to making this drink, probably my cosmo drink of choice.

blood red oranges

You can serve the blood orange cocktail either in a martini or a highball glass, and garnish it with a slice of blood-orange or lime. If you’re preparing this drink for a larger crowd, you can also pre-make the mixture in a large bowl and serve it out as if it were a punch. Just make sure to stick to the ratio listed below. It’s basically equal parts vodka and juice mixed with triple-sec.

For the recipe below, I used a smooth, plain vodka, but if you want a drink that’s heavier on the citrus flavor, use citron vodka.

image of a Blood Orange Cosmo with a Lemon Slice garnish

Blood Orange Cosmo Recipe

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This is for me the best tasting Cosmopolitan variation I have found. The blood orange gives it a really
unique sweet taste that's hard to match.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. of Triple-Sec
  • 1 oz. of Blood-Orange Juice
  • Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Equipment

  • Highball Glass or other Bar Glass
  • Shaker
  • Strainer

Instructions

  • Chill a martini glass or prepare highball glass
  • Fill metal shaker halfway with ice
  • Pour the vodka, triple-sec, and juice into the shaker. Add in a dash of fresh lime juice
  • Cover shaker, and shake well
  • Pour into the chilled martini glass or ice-filled highball glass using a strainer
  • Garnish with slice of lemon or blood orange and serve

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 200Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0g

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How to Make a Blood Orange Cosmo

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. of Vodka or 30 ml.
  • 1/2 oz. of Triple-Sec or 44 ml
  • 1 oz. of Blood-Orange Juice
  • Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
image of a bartender making a Blood Orange Cosmo

Directions

  • Chill a martini glass or prepare highball glass
  • Fill metal shaker halfway with ice from your home bar ice maker
  • Pour the vodka, triple-sec, and juice into the shaker. Add in a dash of fresh lime juice
  • Cover your Boston shaker or use your Cobbler shaker’s cover and shake well
  • Pour into the chilled martini glass or ice-filled highball glass
  • Garnish with slice of lemon or orange and serve
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Some Yummy Cosmopolitan Variations

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan – This recipe doesn’t include any cranberry juice at all and uses pomegranate juice as opposed to cranberry juice to create a new refreshing twist.

Pink Cosmopolitan – This very pretty colored drink is made by substituting homemade pink lemonade for cranberry juice and is super easy to make!

Blue Cosmo Recipe – This beautiful blue cosmo recipe is great for any occasion and looks stunning with its electric blue color.

Grape Cosmo – This is the drink for those of you that love grape vodka! A twist on the classic, this is also one stunning looking cocktail.

Skyy Vodka Cosmo – Made with Skyy vodka, this is close to the classic with a smooth vodka to make it even yummier.

More Cosmo Stuff!

Types of Cosmopolitan Drinks – Check out all the variations you can make using many of the substitutions we’ve listed on this page.

Best Cranberry Juice for Cosmopolitan – When making a great cosmo, you should be using the best ingredients possible. See which juices are worth grabbing and which to leave at the store!

Substitutes for Cranberry Juice in a Cosmopolitan – Don’t want or have cranberry juice, no worries. Check out our article to find the best substitutions.

About the Author

  • Bill Allen

    I'm Bill Allen, the guy behind this site. I've been a bartender, bar owner and sitting on both sides of a bar for almost 35 years, so I have some experience in the whole mixology scene. And now I'm just building out my site with as much helpful content as I can share with you.

    https://upscaledrinks.com/ billyallen@hotmail.com Allen Bill

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