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.
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!
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 manager!
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.
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 I came across a Blood Orange vodka I was determined to make a cocktail with it that we enjoyed. I 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.
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 with a Twist
- 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.