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Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail with a Twist

This Blood Orange Godmother cocktail adds a whole new twist to a traditional Godmother. This lady is a modern gal and is all dressed up and ready to please.

Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail

I’d never heard of a Godmother cocktail but when I put my cocktail together I found that it resembled another one.

A traditional Godmother cocktail is comprised of vodka and amaretto. This Blood Orange Godmother upped her game and brought along her own twist!

Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail

I grew up in a small farming community and my dad owned the local tavern. It’s the only place in town that I wasn’t permitted to go into unless there were special circumstances.

My dad believed that children didn’t belong in a bar and while many people brought their children, I wasn’t one of them.

If only he’d had my Blood Orange Godmother cocktail with a twist. He might have made me the manager!

Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail

In the days of my father, mixed drinks were a lot more popular and are making a comeback today.

John and I love a good “Old Fashioned” or his favorite a Rum Manhattan. Bartenders make mixing cocktails look so darned easy but they’re not.

I have two places in town that make them the way we like them and a whole lot of places that don’t.

Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail

My experience with developing cocktail recipes is very hit or miss. I usually start with something that tastes like cough syrup and goes from there.

When we came across a Blood Orange vodka I was determined to make a cocktail with it that we enjoyed.

We combined the vodka with a little amaretto and it was too sweet. I decided to add a little fresh lemon juice as an acid and dumped it out.

Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail

One of the things that I like that my favorite bartender does with an Old Fashioned is to twist the essence of a strip of lemon peel over the drink and then rub the rim with it before putting it into the drink.

That’s what I did in addition to adding a dash of Angostura bitters. This drink shaped up nicely. It’s pleasantly sweet and exactly what I’d like to sip after a savory meal.


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Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail
Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail

Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail with a Twist

Author: Julie Menghini
This Blood Orange Godmother cocktail adds a whole new twist to a traditional Godmother.  This lady is a modern gal and is all dressed up and ready to please.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword: Blood Orange Godmother Cocktail
Servings: 1 Cocktail


  • 3 oz Blood Orange Vodka I used Effen brand
  • 3/4 oz Amaretto
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • lemon peel twist
  • blood orange wedge


  • Combine blood orange vodka and amaretto together and stir with an ice cube until cold.  Strain out ice and pour into a small coupe glass.  Twist lemon peel essence over the drink and rub the peel over the rim of the glass before adding it to the drink.
  • Add a wedge of a blood orange to the rim of the glass.  Serve immediately.


Serving: 1gCalories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgSugar: 7g

Nutritional Disclaimer

This recipe was calculated using the exact brands and measurements I used to make this recipe. If you are following a strict diet please note changing anything will cause the nutritional info to change. My calculations are intended as a guide only.

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 26th of May 2020

Love new cocktail recipes. They are fun to share with guests


Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Goodness Julie, how did I miss this incredible post! It's 5 o'clock somewhere, and I want to and need to grab this glass from the screen and down it all in one go. Sure it would warm my insides, as it's a gloomy, light snowy type of day over here. Loved reading your stories and learning that your Dad owned the local tavern. Bet he came up with some great mixers. The blood oranges surely stand in the spotlight! I had no idea there was a Blood Orange Vodka and I'll bet with the Amaretto this was a winner! Cheers my friend!! ~clink~

Julie Menghini

Monday 5th of February 2018

Thank you, Loretta! I think people of our parents' era like an occasional mixed drink and they're making a comeback. I just had a blood orange for lunch minus the booze LOL. They are almost like a grapefruit and an orange combined since they aren't as sweet. The first time I cut one open boy was I surprised. I think they're so striking though. They could have named them a garnet orange. That would have sounded a little more appetizing. This one would definitely warm your bones and it goes down pretty darned easy too.


Monday 29th of January 2018

These were great for our happy hour at Home last night! My husband LOVED THE blood orange flavor and I know we’ll be making them again!

Julie Menghini

Monday 29th of January 2018

Thank you, Michele! John and I enjoyed this one too. Cheers!

Becca Holton

Friday 26th of January 2018

Julie, this cocktail looks so tasty. It sounds tasty as well since you mentioned how it's a twist on the traditional Godmother cocktail. Learning to mix drinks is something I've always wanted to try. That's why I'm considering getting a liquor license.

Julie Menghini

Sunday 28th of January 2018

Thank you, Becca! I've always been intrigued with mixing drinks too! At one time I thought about bartender school but the hours weren't feasible at the time. Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your day!

Judith Graber

Friday 26th of January 2018

Don't you just love all the different flavored vodkas? At a liquor store recently the owner said he was getting rid of all the flavored gins - no demand. Not so with the vodkas! Never knew what a "godmother" cocktail was but now I do!

Julie Menghini

Friday 26th of January 2018

You know I've never had a desire to buy flavored gin. I'm not even a super Tanguery fan but I do like some of those flavored vodkas! Vodka can really bite though so some of the cheap ones are pretty icky. The one I bought was really nice.

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