The classic lemon drop is a wonderfully sophisticated yet supremely approachable cocktail. This seasonal riff on the classic is all that and more. Though lacking the sour notes of the lemon drop, the blood orange is the star of this cocktail. Fully embracing the sweet acidity of the blood orange, this vibrant cocktail is as visually stunning as it is delicious.
The Blood Orange Drop
- 2 ounce Vodka
- ½ ounce Orange Liqueur
- 1½ ounces blood orange juice
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- rim with sugar
- garnish with a blood orange wedge
As with any cocktail served “up,” choose your favorite cocktail glass and fill it with ice. Then set the glass aside to chill. Grab a shaker and also fill it with ice and begin to build your cocktail. First pour in the vodka and orange liqueur. For orange liqueurs, triple sec works quite serviceably but for a thematically appropriate touch, go for the Solerno Blood Orange liqueur. Next add the blood orange juice and simple syrup and then shake until cold. Now it is time for the finishing touches. Dump the ice from the now chilled glass and rim with sugar. Strain in the cocktail and garnish with a blood orange wedge.
You may note that there is less syrup in this cocktail than in a traditional lemon drop. This is to achieve the right balance of sweetness given that blood oranges are naturally sweeter than lemons. If you like super sweet cocktails, feel free to add more syrup. You may lose a bit of balance, but in the end, the beauty of making cocktails is that you can make them exactly how you like them. Sure, they may not be for everyone, but the satisfaction of having a cocktail perfectly crafted for your own palate can not be underestimated.
What Vodka Should I Use in this Blood Orange Drop?
For the average drinker, the truth is that the flavor profiles of vodka don’t differ that noticeably. You are instead most likely to notice the smoothness of a particular brand. For a smooth, budget conscious yet premium vodka I would try the new Råvo Vodka from Sweden. Selling at $17-$25 per fifth, it offers exceptional smoothness at a very reasonable cost for the quality. With a more conservative budget, New Amsterdam Vodka is very smooth for the price point and Luksusowa Vodka is also quite tasty and affordable. And if you need something still cheaper to make this blood orange drop, a brand such as Ruskova will serve you well.
Total cost per drink? ~$1.30