Best Blood Orange Martini with Texas Olive Oil & Vodka

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Best Blood Orange Martini with Texas Olive Oil & Vodka - Texas Hill Country Olive Co.

It's the time of the year - it's officially blood orange season! Say goodbye to boring regular oranges and orange liqueur, and try this blood orange martini recipe instead, made by Dripping Springs Distilling's Maddison Hillhouse (featured in our FREE EBOOK).

This martini is a tantalizing blend of zesty blood orange, premium Dripping Springs vodka, and the nuanced richness of our award winning Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil. This exceptional cocktail promises to redefine your martini experience, marrying the citrusy brightness of blood oranges with the luxurious, fruity undertones of olive oil.

This cocktail is the embodiment of a Texas Hill Country cocktail, made with our Texas Hill Country Olive Co. Olive Oil, and a generous helping of Dripping Springs Distilling Vodka. These products are truly a match made in heaven, and you'll never look at cocktails the same way again!

Why buy major grocery store brand products when you can support your local businesses and local market? Support local and drink this happy cocktail full of vitamin c, antioxidants, and polyphenols!

How to Use Olive Oil in Cocktails

Adding olive oil to martinis might seem weird at first, but it's become one of our absolute favorite cocktail ingredients! It brings a smooth and silky texture to the drink, giving each sip a richer feel. It's not just about the taste; it adds a touch of luxury to the whole experience. You can transform your classic dry martini or dirty martini by adding a dash of olive oil! 

Plus, our friend Maddison Hillhouse at Dripping Distilling taught us all about fat washing with olive oil! What is fat washing you ask? Fat washing allows for limitless flavor options for cocktails. This clever technique adds savory flavor to Spirits by infusing your spirit with fat. Fat washing with olive oil specifically imparts a unique, rich flavor to spirits, elevating cocktails with a velvety texture and a nuanced, savory undertone.                                                       

So, if you're up for trying something new with your martini, toss in a bit of olive oil. It's a simple way to step up your drink game. Cheers to keeping it interesting!

Blood Orange Martini | Olive Oil Cocktail

Best Blood Orange Martini with Texas Olive Oil & Vodka

by Maddison Hillhouse of Dripping Springs Distilling

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For the Blood Orange Fat Wash:

For Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the Martini:

  • 2 oz Blood Orange Fat Wash
  • 1 oz fresh blood orange juice (if out of season, regular orange juice)
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup
  • Blood orange slice or wheel, garnish (if out of season orange peel or wheel garnish)
  • Drops of Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil, garnish


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Martini glasses (or rocks glass if you don't have)


For the Blood Orange Fat Wash:

  1. Shake to combine all ingredients
  2. Steep for 24 hours, chilled.
  3. Freeze until oil is solid, then strain.

    For Simple Syrup:

    1. In a saucepan, combine equal part sugar and water.
    2. Place the saucepan over medium heat. Stir continuously until the sugar completely dissolves. This usually takes a few minutes.
    3. Allow the mixture to come to a simmer. You don't need to boil it; just heat it enough to dissolve the sugar thoroughly.
    4. Keep stirring until all the sugar has completely dissolved. You'll notice the liquid becoming clear.
    5. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the saucepan from heat immediately. You don't want to overheat the syrup.
    6. Let the simple syrup cool to room temperature. This usually takes around 15-20 minutes.
    7. Once cooled, pour the simple syrup into a clean, airtight container or mason jar.

      For the Martini:

      1. Juice your blood oranges until you have 1oz of juice.
      2. Chill your martini glasses.
      3. Combine all ingredients, shake in martini shaker, & strain into chilled martini glass.
      4. Garnish with blood orange wheel and a little bit of Texas Hill Country Olive Co. Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil (we suggest dotting on).
        Blood Orange Martini | Olive Oil Cocktail

        Time to Enjoy!

        This cocktail recipe will surely become one of your new favorites. With it's gorgeous color and delicious flavors, it's the perfect martini for date night, parties, girls night, holidays, and more! And we all need a break from a classic martini or typical orange cocktails every now and then!

        Sure, blood orange season is in the winter, but this is the perfect cocktail all year round! From Summer to Spring time, it's refreshing any month, and the perfect mix of citrus and savory. Plus, the orange red color makes it a great craft drink for a Valentine's, Christmas, or Halloween cocktail! Really, who doesn't love holiday martinis?

        In the Dripping Springs area? Make sure to stop by Texas Hill Country Olive Co. for a tasting and to pick up a bottle of our Blood Orange Infused Olive Oil! And don't forget to drop by Dripping Springs Distilling after for happy hour and try some more of Maddison's delicious cocktail creations. 


        Want to make the process even easier? It's a good thing we made a recipe card! Click below for a printable copy of this blood orange vodka martini!



        Photos: Tomas Segura

        Cocktails: Maddison Hillhouse

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