Slightly sweet and slightly tart, this Citrus Martini showcases 4 beautiful winter fruits in a light and refreshing cocktail.
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.
- This is a recipe where it’s best to use freshly squeezed juice. It’s worth the extra few minutes.
- This recipe can be scaled to serve a crowd. Combine the juices in a pitcher ahead of time (you may find that you want to strain the juices through a cheesecloth if too much pulp is in there). Refrigerate until serving. Mix juices and vodka in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve fresh.
Slightly sweet and slightly tart, this Citrus Martini showcases beautiful winter fruits in a light and refreshing cocktail.
- 1/4 fresh lemon
- 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lemon
- 1/2 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 oz. good quality vodka
With fresh lemon, cut off a little slice to use as a garnish. With the remainder, rub along rim of a martini glass.
Sprinkle sugar on a plate. Dip rim of martini glass in the sugar, twisting and rotating a bit to ensure that sugar coats rim.
Combine all juices and vodka in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously until martini if thoroughly chilled. Pour into prepared martini glass.
Garnish and serve.
This recipe was adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics p. 37. Affiliate link to the cookbook below the pin!
This post was updated with new photos in March 2019.