Take an easy twist on happy hour with my homemade mandarin orange martini! You only need five minutes to make this sweet citrus gin cocktail.
And if you enjoy this recipe, you'll love my blood orange martini, too!
Why You'll Love this Recipe
Quick and Easy - You don't need any fancy tools or technique for making mandarin martinis. And no shade, but this version is more delicious than P.F. Chang's!
Simple Ingredients - Just four common ingredients + substitution options. Get into more deliciously simple sips like my super popular white Hennessy cocktail or mezcal ranch water. And you'll love my apple cider gin and tonic!
What You'll Need for this Recipe
Gin is the central spirit in this orangetini recipe. I typically like Hendricks or Still ATX but feel free to use your favorite brand.
Orange Juice from mandarin oranges like cuties or clementines takes place of olives and olive brine and adds zesty yet sweet citrus flavor. I recommend using fresh mandarin orange instead of the kind from a jar or can for this but you can use preserved mandarin oranges for the garnish!
Orange Liqueur takes the place of dry vermouth in this flavored martini recipe. You have options for a mandarin martini using orange liqueur and can use Triple Sec, Cointreau, or a liqueur and cognac blend like Grand Marnier.
Check out the recipe card below for full ingredients list, measurements, nutrition facts, and step-by-step instructions!
Substitutions & Variations
Gin or Vodka - I'm partial to gin martinis but you can make your mandarin martini with vodka, if you prefer.
Sparkling Topper - Add a float of champagne or Prosecco to make this cocktail more festive. Or use sparkling water for lower alcohol content.
How to Make a Mandarin Orange Martini
Step One: Place a martini glass in the fridge or freezer so that it can get frosty.
Step Two: Combine all the orange martini ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, cover, and shake vigorously until chilled to the touch.
Pro Tip: If you don't have a jigger to measure the liquid ingredients, a standard size shot glass is a good replacement as the volume roughly equals the larger side of a jigger.
Step Three: Strain the mixture into chilled martini glass and garnish with mandarin orange segments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. This is a great freezer door flavored martini recipe. Mix and store it in the refrigerator or freezer and give it a good shake or stir before serving. Save the garnish until it's time to serve, too.
Combine 1 ¼ cup gin, four ounces mandarin juice, two ounces of orange liqueur then shake or stir over ice. This pitcher martini recipe makes up to four servings. You can adjust the settings in my recipe card below to multiply by the number of servings you want to make!
Divide the liquid evenly between three shot glasses to turn this into an orange drop martini shot.
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Mandarin Orange Martini
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 jigger or shot glass
- 1 martini glass
- 2 ½ ounces gin or vodka
- 1 ounce mandarin orange juice about two oranges
- ½ ounce orange liqueur
- 3 mandarin orange segments optional garnish
- Place martini glass in refrigerator or freezer to chill.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice then add in gin, orange juice, and orange liqueur.
- Close cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until thoroughly mixed chilled to touch (about eight seconds).
- Strain cocktail into chilled glass. Garnish with mandarin orange segments, if desired, and enjoy responsibly!