Blood Orange and Persian-Spiced Cosmopolitan

Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser Yield:  2 drinks
Prep Time:  5 minutes Cook Time:  0 minutes

Blood Orange and Persian-Spiced Cosmopolitan

Ruby red, exotically spiced, and just a bit sweet, this drink packs a powerful punch and looks great to boot!


¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

4 to 5 scrapes fresh nutmeg

2 cardamom pods, preferably green

2 teaspoons honey

Juice of 2 limes

Peel of one lime, pith removed

6 ounces blood orange juice, preferably freshly squeezed (from 4 oranges)


6 ounces vodka, preferably Stolichnaya Orange


  1. In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, honey, lime juice and peel, orange juice, and vodka. Stir gently until the honey dissolves.
  2. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. Just before serving, strain well, discard the solids, and divide evenly between 2 martini glasses.

Kitchen Tips

  1. If you prefer a sweeter, less potent, drink, add 2 ounces of Rose’s Lime Juice.
  2. The fabulous color comes from the blood orange juice, but if you don’t have blood oranges, regular oranges will work fine; the color will be a little less dramatic.

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