Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini

I mean, what better way to kick off our cocktails for the month of December?

A Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini is the perfect easy cocktail to whip up all through the month of December!

This Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini is the epitome of what a December cocktail should look like. It features two of the biggest winter produce stars – cranberries and clementines – and gets jazzed up with good ol’ vodka plus a dash of Grand Marnier. I mean, who doesn’t want to sip on something this tasty all through the most festive month of the year?

Okay serious talk here – I realize I do not have too many martini recipes here on the blog, and that’s simply because I’m usually not a straight-up martini kind of gal. I just can’t seem to get down with olives/olive juice and/or onions flavoring my cocktails. And sorry to all my vodka-lovers out there, but I usually tend to lean towards booze with a little more inherent flavor (I’m looking at you, gin and bourbon) rather than more mildly-flavored vodka.

BUT give me a martini that is full of fresh clementine juice, tangy cranberry juice AND Grand Marnier on top of that vodka? Yes, please. I will take a Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini any day!

A Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini is the perfect way to kick off a holiday weekend.

I honestly don’t know why I haven’t thought to use fresh clementine juice in more of my cocktails before now. I mean, at this time of year grocery stores are chock full of those huge bags of them, and I don’t know about you but I unfailingly only get about halfway through before I notice them starting to go bad. And it breaks my heart to have to throw them away. After tasting this delicious concoction, I now know I just need to juice some of those bad boys up and grab my trusty cocktail shaker so I can be sipping on said Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini in no time at all.

That’s my kind of holiday cocktail.

Festive Cranberry Clementine Martinis are THE holiday cocktail you should be making this year!

So tell me, who has exciting plans for this weekend? We are taking a weekend to lay a little low (I mean, who are we kidding, we have a one-month old, laying low is our life) because next weekend we’re heading up north again to celebrate my dad’s birthday and cut down our Christmas tree. If nothing else, our baby girl will be quite the seasoned traveler by the end of the year!

There always seems to be a plethora of holiday celebrations and events that kick off as soon as we get through Thanksgiving, so I hope you’re up to something fun and festive these next few days. No matter what your plans, I hope you can work in making (and consuming) a Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini or two!

A Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini is easy to make and a real crowd pleaser.

A Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini is the perfect easy cocktail to whip up all through the month of December!
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Festive Cranberry Clementine Martini
Prep Time
5 mins
 

This martini is full of holiday flavor with the freshest in season produce and a little hint of something special to give it an extra-festive kick.

Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce fresh clementine juice
  • 1 ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Clementine wheel, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. 

  2. Strain through the lid into a martini glass. 

  3. Garnish with a clementine wheel and enjoy!

Orange Creamsicle Martinis (Dairy-Free!)

Spring has officially sprung.

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Which means that here in Santa Barbara we’re having days that are consistently in the 70’s temperature-wise which subsequently means my motivation to spend my days inside in the kitchen has tanked and all I want to do is head down to the beach and sip on Orange Creamsicle Martinis all day. Who’s with me?

In all seriousness, though, I am trying to be much more productive with my work days so I can take at least 40 minutes in the afternoon to go outside for a little walk around the neighborhood. I have noticed such a huge difference in my mood from just that little bit of Vitamin D. Plus, it smells insanely good outside right now with all of the flowers blooming. I have all of our windows open as we speak so I can catch that fresh spring smell whenever a little breeze comes through.

This changing of the seasons also has me brainstorming a bunch of spring-appropriate cocktails, and this Orange Creamsicle Martini is one of those. As I was leafing through one of my latest issues of Bon Appetit or Food & Wine (can’t remember which one at the moment,) I came across an article that was touching on some restaurants around the country that have come up with fun, inventive brunch cocktails. In other words: not your average mimosa.

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I can’t remember which restaurant it was, but one cocktail that was mentioned was an Orange Creamsicle concoction of some sort. This one was a bit more elaborate than the average home mixologist (including myself) might dare to embark upon, with things like heavy cream and egg whites being involved, but I couldn’t help but be intrigued and decided I wanted to come up with my own make-at-home version.

I couldn’t be happier with the results of my little experiment. This Orange Creamsicle Martini is one for the books. Plus, it has all the creamy flavor of the classic treat with absolutely NO dairy. That’s right folks, even my lactose-intolerant friends can enjoy this beauty!

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So here’s the scoop on how we get all of the delicious flavor with just four ingredients:

First, we all know I’m a fan of minimally processed ingredients, so I decided to make my own vanilla vodka rather than buying a bottle of that artificially flavored junk. This also meant that I could just take the amount of vodka I needed for two cocktails (the amount this recipe makes) and infuse that rather than having to invest in a whole bottle of vanilla-flavored stuff that may otherwise go unused.

Ready for the “big” (not-so-big) secret for how I made the vanilla-infuse vodka? It’s as simple as adding a half of a split vanilla bean to the called-for amount the night before you want to whip these Orange Creamsicle Martinis up. So, maybe tonight?

And that’s literally the hardest part. After you have your vanilla bean-infused vodka, simply shake it up with some orgeat and the freshest orange juice you can find. That’s it! Then just prepare yourself for an incredible flavor-bomb that will forever change the way you weekend brunch. Orange Creamsicle Martinis are not to be messed with.

Orange Creamsicle Martini | CaliGirlCooking.com

This would be the perfect cocktail for Easter brunch, Mother’s Day, or really any excuse you have to drink cocktails before noon. I mean, it’s loaded with Vitamin C, which practically makes it a health food, right?

Have a fantastic April weekend and check out some other fun brunch cocktail ideas below! Xo

Orange Creamsicle Martini | CaliGirlCooking.com
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Orange Creamsicle Martinis
Prep Time
5 mins
 

The perfect brunch cocktail for spring, this dairy-free martini tastes just like your favorite frozen treat with vanilla-infused vodka and fresh orange juice. 

Course: Drinks
Servings: 2 cocktails
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split down the middle
  • 1 ounce orgeat
  • 8 ounces orange juice
  • Orange wheels for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. The night before you want to make your cocktails, place the vodka and vanilla bean in a Mason jar or other sealed container. Let soak overnight. 

  2. In the morning, remove the vanilla bean from the vodka. Add the infused vodka, orgeat and orange juice to a cocktail shaker filled ¾ of the way with ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds.

  3. Strain the contents of the shaker into two martini glasses or coupes. Garnish with an orange wheel, if desired. 

Orange Creamsicle Martini | CaliGirlCooking.com

Here are some other fun brunch cocktails to try!

Pineapple Green Tea Martini

It’s tiki-tini time!

Pineapple Green Tea Martini | CaliGirl Cooking

Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Doesn’t it sound enchanting? Have we all been spending the last week dreaming of faraway tropical places? I mean, I’m one to talk since it’s been in the 70’s here all week, but I actually HAVE been dreaming of faraway tropical places. Yes, the fiancé and I just booked our honeymoon accommodations in Belize!! I am so freakin’ excited. I know that after the crazy weekend of our wedding we are going to be more than ready for some R&R on the beach outside of our seafront cottage, jumping in and out of the ocean at will with plentiful tiki drinks in hand.

Have any of you been to Belize before? Suggestions? Must-sees? We are staying near Placencia and, although we are definitely looking forward to doing a lot of lounging on the beach, we’re always up for an adventure!

Pineapple Green Tea Martini | CaliGirl Cooking

So as you can see, my deciding to post this Pineapple Green Tea Martini recipe this week is completely justified. Because if we can’t physically be in our tropical dreamland, we may as well enjoy a cocktail that will take us there in spirit! (And if you’re not a green tea drinker, you could always try a Tropical Rum Runner or a Pineapple Pummelo Margarita.)

I’ve been inspired to make a tea cocktail for a while now, and to be completely honest I started out with all intentions of making a hot tea cocktail. You see, when I was in Vancouver with my mom in January, she had a super-delicious hot tea toddy at our hotel that incorporated Earl Grey tea, whisky, Amaretto and Grand Marnier. Now, I’m not saying that me recreating this is completely off the table, but I happen to have an over-abundance of green tea in my pantry right now, so I decided to see what I could do with what I had on hand.

Pineapple Green Tea Martini | CaliGirl Cooking

When I think of green tea, I think of my time in Hawaii, because that’s really the first place I started drinking it on the reg. My tea-drinking habits come and go in phases. I’ll go through a period of time where I HAVE to have my tea every single day, and then other days (namely in the summer when it is too stinkin’ hot outside) I just can’t bring myself to brew some up. But I know it is SO incredibly healthy for me, so I try to drink at least one cup a day whenever I can.

Since my most prominent green tea memories seem to start in Hawaii, I wanted to put a tropical slant on this bevvie. What other way to do that than to bring in some fresh pineapple juice? And of course, because we’re making it “tropical,” we want to serve it cold rather than hot. No hot drinks on our white sand beaches!

Pineapple Green Tea Martini | CaliGirl Cooking

To round everything out, we add some fresh mint (so healthy! So tasty!), vodka (because every cocktail needs booze, duh), and a squeeze of both fresh OJ and lime juice. Simple as that! These Pineapple Green Tea Martinis are super refreshing and have little to no added sugar (depending on how fresh all of your juices are.) I’m not going to lie, these taste so healthy that you’re not going to believe they could even be considered “cocktails.” I most definitely mixed one up in a trusty Mason jar and took it to the beach with me last weekend. It was so nice to sip on while basking in the sun!

Pineapple Green Tea Martini | CaliGirl Cooking

What tropical faraway places have you been dreaming of lately? Are we ready for summer yet? After mixing up some of these Pineapple Green Tea Martinis you certainly will be! Cheers to warmer weather, my friends.

Pineapple Green Tea Martini

Yield: Makes one cocktail

A light and refreshing tropical cocktail featuring green tea, vodka and fresh pineapple juice.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • Leaves from 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 ounce green tea
  • Juice of ¼ of an orange
  • Juice of ½ of a lime

Instructions

  1. Add vodka and mint to a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add crushed ice, then all remaining ingredients. Shake to combine and pour into a martini glass.
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