Have you ever had a martini that was ripe with flavors of tangerine? If not, you’re missing out! Tangerine is perfect any time of year, as it’s refreshingly delicious during warm weather and also pairs great with pomegranate and cranberry during the fall and holiday seasons. No matter when you enjoy it, a martini with tangerine has become one of our favorite cocktails.
Are you curious, ready to know more, and explore the deliciousness of these cocktails? Here are six of our absolute favorites for you to try.
Our 6 Favorite Tangerine Vodka Martinis
1. Vanilla Tangerine Martinu
This is a great large-batch tangerine martini recipe that tastes like a dream. It all starts with the luscious flavor of tangerine vodka. Then, tangerine juice, lemon juice, triple sec (or an orange liqueur of your choice), and vanilla simple syrup are added to the mix. Tangerine and vanilla are naturally great together, and their pairing is enhanced in this cocktail.
Just pour tangerine juice and all the other ingredients into a pitcher and give it a good stir. If you have the time, place your pitcher of martinis in the refrigerator to chill for a bit. Otherwise, pour them into your martini glasses and top with a splash of lemon-lime soda. We like to garnish this one with a twist of tangerine, but lemon, orange, or even lime would work just as well.
2. Pomegranate Tangerine Martini
Rachel Ray is the queen of making things quick, easy, and delicious. This perfect Pomegranate Tangerine Martini is no exception. The key ingredient here is freshly squeezed tangerine juice. You can use bottled juice, but the flavor really is best if you squeeze it fresh.
Pomegranate juice, orange liqueur, orange bitters, and vodka round out the ingredients list. Place all of the ingredients with some ice in a martini shaker and shake vigorously. Strain this refreshing drink into a martini glass, garnish with fresh pomegranate seeds, and enjoy!
3. Vicki’s Tangerine Martini
This drinks author really captured the essence of a true tangerine martini in this recipe. It’s simple, crisp, and perfect. All you need to do is combine vodka, fresh-squeezed juice from tangerines, and Cointreau or similar orange-flavored alcohol in a cocktail shaker with ice. With this cocktail recipe being so simple, the taste of the tangerine citrus really shines through. This recipe is perfect for a summer night with cocktails and friends on the patio.
4. Orange Tangerine Martini
This martini by Monin features the flavors of bright citrus fruits with the cool addition of fresh mint from your herb garden, farmer’s market, or grocery store. While the taste is bright and juicy, the few leaves of mint add a nice balance and a refreshing twist.
For this, you need vodka, Monin tangerine syrup, orange-flavored liqueur, such as Cointreau or Grand Marnier, fresh lemon juice, and mint leaves. Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass with some ice, and give it a good shake. Pour the mixture into a nicely chilled martini glass, and garnish with a twist of orange or lemon. This one is delicious and will make its way into your regular cocktail collection.
5. Tangerine and Thyme Martini
This Tangerine and Thyme Martini by Tastes Lovely is one of our favorite cocktail recipes. The key to this great cocktail is all in the syrup. Instead of a traditional simple syrup made with sugar, this recipe has honey and thyme combine into a sweet and earthy syrupy infusion.
We think this citrus martini is fantastic to sip on for breakfast or brunch instead of the usual mimosa. Vodka and some juice from tangerines are the only other ingredients you need. Serve this mixture in a nice cold glass and enjoy.
6. Tangerine Cream Martini
Are you craving a delicious orange creamsicle but would rather skip out on all the extra sugar and fat? This tangerine cream martini is far from guilt-free, but the creamy taste is perfect when you want something a little sweet and reminiscent of your favorite summertime treat.
Some citrusy martinis, good friends, and laughter sounds like a wonderful evening to us! This recipe features both regular and vanilla vodka, which gives it the creamsicle flavor. Cointreau and fresh squeezed tangerine or orange juice add the citrus punch. This is a great recipe to make in a larger batch and keep in the fridge when you’re planning on having friends over.
Kick Back with a Tangerine Martini in Your Hand
What is the perfect cocktail to enjoy while relaxing on the couch after a long week, or maybe while hanging out with friends? We think a tangerine-infused martini sounds great, but if you have something else in mind, we have lots of suggestions. Check back with us for even more cocktail and entertaining ideas.