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The beginning of June was a whirlwind of travel for me – 4 states in 10 days. I got to hold my niece for the first time (I’m an aunt!) and attend my future sister-in-law’s bridal shower. I spent the time in between hanging with my parents, reading (the Graceling Realms series and The Little Giant of Aberdeen County), and playing in the kitchen.

But for one brief day, I got to channel the Barefoot Contessa, Ina Garten. You see, my uncle just bought a place out in the Hamptons and Mom and I went to visit. We got up really early in the morning. We planned to arrive mid-morning, beginning the day with a couple stops for bagels and the makings for this Citrus Martini (Ina’s Juice of a Few Flowers) on the way. Unfortunately, fate was against us. Mom plugged the wrong town into mapquest and we ended up lost for over an hour. So no martinis for us.

While we missed out on morning martinis (don’t judge – mimosas are acceptable for breakfast/brunch, so these should be too!), but I did get a little Ina tour. We drove by Ina’s house, although we kind of debated about which one it was. And we took a quick trip to Loaves and Fishes, one of the stores Ina shops at. The shop carried absolutely beautiful pieces of silverware, serving pieces, and linens. It was a bit out of my price range, but I enjoyed meandering up and down the aisles, drooling at all the pieces I’d like to take home. I could have easily come home poor.

Even though I didn’t get my cocktail in the Hamptons, it was one of the first things on my list to make when I returned home. It was even better than I expected… slightly sweet and tangy, but not definitely not tart (which I expected based on the grapefruit, lemon and lime juice in the recipe). While I enjoyed my martini martinis as an evening cocktail, this would also make a fun alternative to a brunch mimosa.

Citrus Martini

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics p. 37

Makes 3-4 Servings


  • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed orange juice (~2 oranges)
  • 1/2 c. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (~1 grapefruit)
  • 1/3 c. freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice (from 1 lemon and 1 lime) – save the lemon pieces
  • 1 c. good quality vodka
  • granulated sugar


  1. Combine all juices in a measuring cup or pitcher. Be sure to reserve the lemon pieces for rimming the martini glasses.
  2. Strain into another measuring cup, bowl or pitcher. Add vodka and stir to combine.
  3. Spread a little sugar on a small plate, covering the bottom. Using a reserved lemon slice, rim a martini glass with lemon juice. The dip the rim of the glass in the sugar, twisting to rim the glass in sugar.
  4. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour 1/4 of the mixture into shaker and shake vigorously until martini if thoroughly chilled. Pour into prepared martini glass. Use fresh ice for each additional drink you make. If not finishing immediately, refrigerate vodka-juice until serving.
  5. Enjoy.

Number of servings: 3-4

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