Blood Orange and Persian-Spiced Cosmopolitan
Recipe and photo by Tami Ganeles Weiser
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 0 minutes
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
- In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, honey, lime juice and peel, orange juice, and vodka. Stir gently until the honey dissolves.
- 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.
- If you prefer a sweeter, less potent, drink, add 2 ounces of Rose’s Lime Juice.
- 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.