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Blood Orange Spritzer

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

I love a light refreshing cocktail. It’s perfect for the warming weather as we spend more days outdoors. Light cocktails are also great for the rare lazy afternoons spent lounging at home. This blood Orange Spritzer is perfect for a Sunday afternoon, laying on a daybed while reading your favorite magazines. It’s a cousin to the stronger Blood Orange Bourbon except this recipe is made with vodka and a sparkling juice with a little kick.

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1.5 oz of vodka
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • 2-3 dashes of aromatic bitters
  • Sparkling blood orange juice or soda
  • Slice of blood orange for garnish

Start by pouring vodka over ice cubes or use a cocktail shaker to chill the vodka. For this cocktail I like to use a higher end vodka, so that there is less of a burn from the alcohol. Next squeeze lemon juice into the glass, I split half a lemon between two servings. Aromatic bitters adds a wonderful flavor for any citrus fruit cocktail.

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

Refreshing vodka cocktail with blood orange sparkling juice

I used a sparkling blood orange juice that’s infused with jalapeno and lime. The spice definitely makes a delicious improvement to the spritzer. If using a plain blood orange sparkling soda try adding a little cayenne pepper, like a teeny tiny pinch. Last, stir the ingredients together and enjoy!

This cocktail is great for backyard picnics, bbqs and as a specialty cocktail at special events. It takes only a few ingredients and it is very quick to make. The spritzer can be made in bulk and served out of a pitcher, drink dispenser or punch bowl. Perfect for the hostess that wants more time with her guests!

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