Our orangecello and honey martini will bring back memories of warm summer days spent savoring a creamy orange popsicle. It tastes like a grown-up version of your favorite summer iced confection, served up in a pretty glass.
This cocktail is both sweet and sophisticated and combines a zesty punch of citrus with the warm taste of honey and a kick of vodka to get the party started! Summer may seem like a faraway dream, but you can enjoy the taste of the season with vitamin c packed citrus that is at its flavorful winter peak.
You may have heard of the Italian liqueur limoncello, but now it’s time to meet its cousin: orangecello. Citrus grows plentifully in southern Italy, and was the inspiration for these bright and sweet citrus liqueurs, which add the perfect burst of juicy flavor to your cocktails.
Orangecello and limoncello are usually made with a base of vodka or brandy, then combined with a simple sugar syrup and fragrant citrus peel.
You can buy these “cellos” in the store or make them at home with oranges, lemons, grapefruits or limes. They are a great way to use an abundance of citrus, especially if you live in a citrus-growing state like California, Florida or Arizona.
They are pretty simple to make — you just need citrus peels, honey, vodka, sugar, simple syrup, orange juice, a jar, water and thyme. The result is a vibrant and intensely flavored beverage that makes the perfect mixer to brighten up any winter cocktail.
Our orangecello and honey martini is made with simple syrup made from thyme-infused honey for an extra sweet and complex flavor. We laced the rim of the glass with grains of real sugar for an accent that is as tasty to drink as it is pretty in presentation. Garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme and you will have a winter cocktail that reminds you that summer is just around the corner!
Orangecello and honey martini
Serves 1 serving
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup honey
- 10 sprigs of thyme
- 2 ounces vodka
- 2 ounces Orangecello
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tablespoon honey thyme simple syrup
- Spring of thyme as garnish
- Small plate of white sugar
- In a small saucepan, whisk together water and honey. Bring to a boil.
- Pour the warm simple syrup into a glass bowl and add the sprigs of thyme. Allow it to steep for 30 minutes and cool completely before using in the martini.
- Rim a glass dipped in honey.
- Roll in white sugar. Set aside.
- Add ice to a martini shaker.
- Pour in the vodka, orangecello, orange juice and 1 tablespoon simple syrup together into the shaker.
- Shake until cold.
- Strain into a martini glass.
- Garnish with a sprig of thyme.
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