Blood Orange Amaretto Cocktails – Almost too pretty to drink. Make the most of blood orange season with these amaretto and vodka cocktails with lemon simple syrup and some fizz.
When I see blood oranges in the store, I can’t resist them. They are so beautiful, and when you cut one in half, you never know just what is inside. Sometimes they are such a deep red they almost look purple and sometimes you cut one and you think that you are looking inside a sunset. The season for them is fairly short, and I get as many as I can when they are in stores.
Winter citrus makes me so happy, I buy a ton every week. When it is grey for weeks and weeks at a time, you need all of the brightness you can get.
Blood orange juice is so pretty too. It reminds me of Ruby Red grapefruit juice. (I haven’t had a glass of that in years and years, I think I need to get some next time I go to to the grocery store.) If you have never had a blood orange, it is a little sourer than a regular orange.
I’m not a big drinker. I can go months between drinks. (My college self, or my friends from that time, would never believe that but it’s true.) I love a good beer or cocktail, but they don’t really love me.
I get the most ridiculous hangovers ever – completely disproportionate to the amount that I had to drink. I’ve been better since drinking German beers, I can get away with two, but man, one too many American beers and I’m down for three days. All this to say, I really have to be in the mood for a drink. And when I am, this is the kind of drink that I want.
Refreshing. Not too sweet. Cold. And the right amount of sour. These go down easy. You’ve been warned.
Tips for Blood Orange Amaretto Cocktails //
- If you can’t find blood oranges or blood orange juice, give grapefruit a try. Or orange, just be careful that your drink doesn’t get too sweet. Maybe mix it with some lemon to cut some sweetness.
- Next time, I’m going to add some basil to my lemon syrup. I think that it would be a perfect combination in this drink
- Don’t want to buy a full bottle of amaretto? Buy a couple of mini bottles. I do this all the time when I just need a little bit for a recipe.
- I like to make a pitcher of this instead of single cocktails. It would also make a great beach bevvie.
- Lemon Syrup //
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice, strained
- 1 cup sugar
- Cocktail //
- 1/2 cup vodka
- 1/2 cup amaretto
- 1 1/4 cups blood orange juice
- 4 tablespoons lemon syrup
- Sparkling water
Pour vodka, amaretto, blood orange juice, and lemon syrup into a pitcher or a large mason jar with a lid. Stir well or my preferred method, shake in a mason jar. Pour over ice and top with a splash of sparkling water.