Blood Orange Infused Vodka

It’s nearly the end of the work week.  I think you deserve a drink.  Something icy and bracing, and a little fruity and a touch bitter would go down nicely, don’t you think?

This is blood orange-infused vodka.  Infusing vodka isn’t exactly rocket science.  You cut up some fruit, and you submerge it in vodka.  Then you wait.  That may be the hardest part.  For this infusion, I sliced the blood oranges thinly, and cut the peels off of about half of them, to modulate the bitterness.  Mind you, I wanted a bit of that bitter marmalade flavor that comes from orange peels, but not too much.

After a few weeks, the vodka will be strongly infused with the orange flavor, and it becomes a beautiful color, as well.  My unscientific method of determining when to drink it is, well–to drink some.  A little sip ever week or so until it seems strong enough.  And there is no need to worry about going overboard.  If the fruit flavor is stronger than you’d hoped, thin it out with a little more plain vodka.

An infused vodka doesn’t need a lot of additions, but certainly won’t be ruined by some cranberry  juice and triple sec if a cosmo is your drink of choice.  But I’d recommend trying this vodka in simpler combinations so that the orange flavor can really be appreciated–maybe mixed with champagne, or stirred with a spash of Lillet and shaken until very, very icy.

Here’s to a great weekend!

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8 thoughts on “Blood Orange Infused Vodka

  1. Monet

    Oh how lovely! That color is stunning. This vodka looks so delicious, my friend. But I’m not surprised :-) Thank you for sharing with me! I hope you are having a blessed weekend.

  2. Alicia

    I’m laughing about your comment regarding waiting being the hardest part. I often find myself staring at the coat closet where I keep my infusions singing The Waiting by Tom Petty… The blood oranges look beautiful and tasty

  3. Hannah

    I love the stunning color! What a terrific idea to use blood oranges. I just picked up more Lillet for cocktails…I may have to do some vodka infusing soon! Cheers!

  4. Amber

    Now you’re talking!!! We make orange-infused vodka with fruit from our tree each year. But I think I’m inspired to get over to the farmers’ market and make some blood orange drink this time. Come on, weekend!!

    1. The Rowdy Chowgirl Post author

      Mmm…if I had my own orange tree I think I’d have an entire pantry full of infused vodka!


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