Orange Martini Recipe

The Simple Orange Martini with an Orange Peel Spiral
Add just a hint of citrus to your dry martini and Voila! it's an Orange Martini. Vodka or gin? That's your choice. Photo Credit: © S&C Design Studios
Ratings (9)
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
227 Calories
0g Fat
17g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Take an orange twist on a vodka martini for a lightly orange-flavored cocktail. It is a good way to cool down on hot summer nights. You could also make it with your favorite gin.

As martinis go, this is a favorite aperitif to enjoy before a meal. It pairs well with salmon, salads, or any other light, "springy" meal. Many people prefer vodka in this cocktail, but using gin creates a beautifully complex citrus drink.

Be sure that you chill your martini glasses for an hour in the refrigerator (or, better yet, the freezer) before you make your orange martinis. Even if you are enjoying this drink in winter, the colder the better. If you don't have access to a freezer or refrigerator, plunge the glasses into an ice bucket for 20 minutes. Or, you can give them a quick chill by adding crushed ice and letting it chill while you are mixing the drink.

If you want to go sweeter (or simply make the drink more festive) your can rim the glass with sugar and finely grated orange zest.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with cracked ice.

Shake well.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with the orange twist.

Choosing Your Liquor

You have options for the orange liqueur. Triple sec can be a budget bottle as there are many inexpensive brands on the market, but the cheap kind can ruin a drink where it is a prominent element. A premium (and not blue) curaçao can be a good choice in a gin or vodka drink, or consider using Cointreau.

Making a gin orange martini introduces different flavor choices depending on the gin. An aromatic gin like Bombay Sapphire is always welcome in a martini. But you could use a fruitier gin such as Tanqueray Rangpur.

If you are making a vodka orange martini, don't use inferior vodka just because you are giving the drink a fruit twist. But you could choose a good citrus-flavored vodka to enhance the orange even more. Consider New Amsterdam Orange Vodka.

Orange bitters were often included in original martini drinks. You have many traditional brands as well as an explosion of craft brands to choose from.

How Strong Is the Orange Martini?

This beautiful orange cocktail should not be underestimated for strength. The orange martini is made entirely of liquor, without any mixers. It's not a mimosa composed with a good amount of orange juice, so you will need to sip it slowly and only one if you don't want to feel the effects too strongly. On average, you can expect the orange martini to have an alcohol content of about 28 percent ABV (56 proof), similar to most original martini recipes.