There’s really only one word to sum up the Orange Gin Martini – and it’s BOLD. This drink is definitely a martini! With subtle shades of orange. As if you had waved an orange over the glass to drop some hints. It’s also a drink that is delicious, classic, and gives you a reason to use a fancy martin glass.
Your choice of gin here is really up to you, and can set the tone for the rest of the drink. You can’t ever go wrong with a London Dry here. I also feel like most of us have a good London Dry, so there’s no hunting around for new stuff. Add some Cointreau, Vermouth, and orange bitters and you are done. I tend to go for the Woodford Reserve orange bitters, as they come in small jars and I don’t ever use a ton of it.
The Orange Gin Martini
- 2 Oz. Gin
- .25 Oz. Dry vermouth
- .75 Oz. Cointreau
- 3-4 Dashes Orange bitters
- Orange wheel or rind twist to garnish
- Mix all of your ingredients into your cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake!
- Strain into your martini or coupe glass.
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A little bit about bitters in the Orange Gin Martini
Aside from the Cointreau, the orange bitters add the citrus flavor here. Orange bitters are perhaps the most famous of all bitters, and now you can get some pretty weird flavors, like celery, too.
Bitters are liquor-based liquids that pack a whole lotta flavor into a drop. And they are not necessarily bitter, either! A neutral spirit is basically jam packed with herbs and flavors to create the finished product.
When mixing into cocktails, it’s best to start slow as you experiment with the flavors that bitters bring. You can always add more!