It is blood orange season! It means I will have a lot of blood oranges around and I love to come up with a good crafted cocktail. Fresh blood orange and Meyer lemon juice, Effen blood orange vodka and a secret ingredient makes this a delicious and easy blood orange vodka sour cocktail!!!
What is a Blood Orange?
Blood oranges may have originated in the southern Mediterranean since the 18th century, but it’s origins are still unknown. They are a common orange grown in Italy. Blood oranges are a special variety of orange, it is in essence a cross between an orange and a raspberry.
These are only grown from December to May during winter and spring. The cooler weather helps develop high levels of anthocyanin pigment (uncommon in citrus fruits). Therefore giving blood oranges its distinctive red color.
Here is another great cocktail using Blood Oranges: Blood Orange Margarita
Ingredients to Make the Blood Orange Vodka Sour Cocktail
**See the Recipe Card Below for complete measurements**
Vodka Sour Cocktail usually contains a base liquor like Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila, Gin, etc, lemon or lime juice and some sort of sweetener like simple syrup or agave, and egg whites. For this recipe I will be using something different instead of egg whites.
Here are the ingredients:
- Blood Orange Vodka - I am using Effen Blood Orange flavored vodka. It's imported from Holland and it used 100% Wheat from Northern France. Because wheat is extremely low in fatty acids resulting in a smooth silky vodka. This vodka gives this blood orange cocktail a boost and you smooth finish.
- Blood Oranges - These are a little sweet and a bit tarty which pairs well with the vodka. The "blood" red gives the cocktail that beautiful reddish hue.
- Meyer Lemon - These are my favorite lemons to use in cocktails but these are seasonal lemons. They provide a light sweetness to the contrast to the blood orange.
- Simple Syrup - Store bought is fine or you can make it at home. It is super easy. In a sauce pan add one cup of water to one cup of super fine sugar. Do not boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Store in a tight light lid jar for up to a month. You can make flavor simple syrups like my Dragon Fruit Simple syrup that I used on the Malibu Barbie Cocktail.
- Aquafaba - This will give the cocktail the foamy velvet texture on top that an egg white would.
The key ingredient is Aquafaba
What is Aquafaba you might ask?
In simple words it's the liquid in a can of chickpeas. It is a replacement for eggs and egg whites. Its composition of carbohydrates, proteins, and other soluble plant solids which have migrated from the seeds to the water during cooking gives it a wide range of emulsifying, foaming, binding, gelatinizing and thickening properties.
How to use Aquafaba?
It is great for Vegan cooking, cocktails and baking. Its starchy properties gives it this egg white like result. Mixed with cream of tartar in your baking goods will result in a fluffy consistency. My favorite way to use it is in cocktails that call for egg whites. I promise! the cocktail does not taste like chickpeas at all. It just gives it a smooth, velvety, creamy foam adding a whole other level of perfection to any cocktail.
Here is how to get aquafaba from a can of chick peas:
- Drain a can of chickpeas in a strainer on a large measuring cup.
- Stain again if needed into a mason jar.
How to store Aquafaba?
Freeze: Pour about 1-2 tbsp into an ice cube tray and freeze. To use after being frozen, thaw out into a glass or microwave for faster results.
Refrigerate: Store in mason jar in the back of the refrigerator for up to a week.
The Mixology in the Cocktail
To successfully get the lovely dreamy foam in this cocktail, it is important that you follow and do not skip a few steps!
- First and the most important step: You will NOT add ice to a cocktail shaker at first.
- Add the Blood orange juice, Meyer lemon juice, simple syrup and Aquafaba.
- You will do what is called a DRY SHAKE (this is when you shake a cocktail at room temperature without adding ice).
- Shake vigorously for about 1-2 minutes until it is completely emulsified.
Now you can add about 4-5 ice cubes. Close and Shake about 11 times.
Do not strain, pour into a small glass and watch as that beautiful velvety foam forms in your cocktail.
*Always drink responsibly 21+*
I have been experimenting with different liquors and juices. It's been so much fun to use the Aquafaba.
If you follow a Vegan Lifestyle this is a great way to get your Sour cocktail with that "egg white" effect without having to use an actual egg.
Here is another great Vegan recipe: Oyster Mushrooms Fish Tacos with Cilantro Crema
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If you make this recipe I'd love to hear from you! Leave me a comment below.
Blood Orange Vodka Sour Cocktail Recipe
- 1 Cocktail Shaker or Mason Jar
- 1 Jigger
- 1 Juicer
- 1 Short Glass
- Strainer +Large Measuring cup
- Knife + Cutting Board
- 2 oz Blood Orange juice
- ½ oz Meyer Lemon juice
- ½ oz Simple Syrup
- 1 can Chickpeas
- ¾ oz Aquafaba
- 1 ½ oz Effen Blood Orange Vodka
- Blood Orange slices
- Read Thoroughly and DO NOT skip any step.
- Open a can of chickpeas. Strain the liquid into a measuring cup. This is called aquafaba and it will have the same result as if you were to add an egg white.
- In a cocktail shaker add all the ingredients EXCEPT for the ice.
- You will do a what it's called a dry shake. (Shake vigorously about 1 to 2 minutes until it is emulsified)
- Then add about 4-5 ice cubes. Shake the cocktails about 11 times. This helps to create that foam at the end.
- Open shaker, DO NOT strain and pour into glass. Garnish with additional Blood oranges!