Vanilla Orange Martinis

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | December 24th, 2007 | Drinks, Recipes

On a recent evening, we decided to stay home and have homemade appetizers. When the appetizers were prepared, I peered into our liquor cabinet to see what unique beverage I could make. Keeping our mixer options in mind, I toyed with ideas. I considered some shot drink recipes but thought a martini recipe would be better.

After a moment’s thought I decided to use orange vodka and orange juice. However, I didn’t want it to be a plain orange beverage. It needed an additional ingredient to give it a more diversified flavor. I had an “a-ha” moment when I spied the vanilla vodka. I was hopeful that the combination would produce a taste similar to the vanilla ice cream & orange popsicle treat of my youth.

Preparing a shakerful of martinis, I crossed my fingers, hoping this would be a success. I poured the drink into 2 martini glasses (Waterford crystal, of course) and took a sip of mine. Much to my delight, this drink tasted just like that frozen treat.

Vanilla Orange Martinis


  1. 2 ounces orange vodka
  2. 2 ounces vanilla vodka
  3. 6 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice, pulp-free
  4. 1 cup ice cubes
  5. 2 orange slices
  1. Put ice into martini shaker.
  2. Add orange vodka, vanilla vodka, and orange juice.
  3. Put on cover, and shake well. Pour into 2 martini glasses.
  4. Garnish each with an orange slice.
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