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Blood Orange Habanero Cocktail

This Blood Orange Habanero Cocktail is a vodka-based drink packed with pretty winter citrus and the perfect spicy kick from habanero simple syrup.
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Course: Drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 1 cocktail
Author: Sues


  • ½ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (from about 6 blood oranges)
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 oz. habanero simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • Blood orange slices and lime wedges, for garnish (optional)

Habanero Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 habanero pepper, minced


  • Put blood orange juice, lime juice, habanero simple syrup, and vodka in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.
  • Pour into an ice-filled glass.
  • Garnish the glass with a blood orange slices and lime wedges.

Habanero Simple Syrup

  • In a medium saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, add in minced habanero and lower to a simmer.
  • Let mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes. Then, Strain mixture into a bowl or mason jar, leaving peppers behind, and put in fridge to cool completely.


  • Note that recipe cook time doesn't include cooling time for simple syrup.
  • Simple syrup can be made ahead and can kept in fridge for about a month.
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