Blood Orange Cosmo

Blood Oranges make a delicious and beautiful cosmopolitan, perfect for brightening the winter months. Serve this Blood Orange Cosmo at your next cocktail hour!

Blood Orange Cosmo

What better way to make delicious use of this traditionally winter season citrus, than using it in a yummy Blood Orange cocktail, like this sweet yet tart blood orange cosmopolitan cocktail?

Blood Orange Cosmopolitan

This fruity blood orange cosmo with its balance of sweet and tart is so much fun!

blood orange cosmo recipe

You can’t go wrong with a Blood Orange Cosmo for any winter cocktail hour! 

What is a Blood Orange Cosmopolitan?

A traditional cosmopolitan is made with cranberry juice, lime juice, vodka, and cointreau. For this Blood Orange Cosmopolitan, or Blood Orange Cosmo, we are simply switching out the cranberry juice for fresh squeezed blood orange juice.

What is a Blood Orange?

Blood oranges are a citrus fruit typically whose typical season is winter, or December to April, depending on where you live. A blood orange is typically sweeter than a traditional orange with a hint of grapefruit type tartness. In my experience, blood oranges can range wildly in sweetness, so be sure to adjust the simple syrup in this blood orange cosmo recipe as needed based on your own tastes.

How to make a Blood Orange Cosmo


Blood Orange Juice– Make this Cosmopolitan with the fresh squeezed juice of one blood orange. 

Vodka – Grab your favorite vodka to make this delicious blood orange cosmo

Cointreau – The orange flavored liquor helps deepen the orange flavor of this cosmo. Feel free to use your preferred brand of orange flavored liquor.

Lime Juice – Juice one half of a lime to include in the Cosmo

Simple Syrup – The recipe calls for one teaspoon of simple syrup. You can add more or less to taste. You can also switch out the simple syrup for agave syrup or honey if you prefer.

blood orange cosmopolitan recipe


Shake– The key to a great Cosmo is temperature. Fill a shaker with ice and add all the martini ingredients. Shake the shaker 25 times- or until it’s so cold you can no longer hold it and you’ll have a perfectly chilled Cosmo.

Strain– You’ll want to serve this cosmo (and all cosmo) in a chilled glass. We are so serious about martinis at our house that we keep our cocktail glasses on a dedicated shelf in the freezer. If you don’t have a dedicated freezer shelf- be sure to chill your glass in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before you’d like to serve the Cosmo.

Garnish– Make this blood orange vodka cosmo pretty by serving it with a slice of blood orange as garnish.

how to make a blood orange cosmo

Enjoy your delicious, citrusy Blood Orange Cosmo!

Blood Orange Cosmo

Blood Orange Cosmo

This bright and citrusy blood orange vodka martini is perfect for brightening a bleak winter's cocktail hour!


  • 2oz blood orange juice (or the juice of one blood orange)
  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 3/4 oz cointreau
  • juice of half a lime (1/2 oz)
  • 1 t. Simple syrup (more or less to taste)


  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the juice of one blood orange (about 2 ounces), one jigger of vodka, one half jigger of cointreau, the juice of half a lime (about 1/2 ounce) and 1 teaspoon simple syrup.
  3. Shake well to chill
  4. Pour in a well chilled glass
  5. Garnish with a slice of blood orange
  6. Enjoy!

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