Vodka and orange liqueur cocktail that’s sweet but not overly sweet and zesty?

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If you're seeking a cocktail that perfectly balances sweetness and zest, the **Bitter Orange & Cardamom Martini** is an excellent choice. This cocktail pairs vodka with Cointreau, a renowned orange liqueur, and introduces a sophisticated twist with the addition of lemon juice and marmalade. The drink is further elevated by the aromatic presence of cardamom pods. Its blend of citrusy brightness and subtle spice creates a rich, refreshing experience. With a high rating of 4.72 out of 5, this martini offers a mature flavor profile reminiscent of festive winter scents, making it both intriguing and enjoyable.

Another great option is the **Chocolate Orange** cocktail, which utilizes vodka, orange juice, and Creme De Cacao for a sweet, chocolatey twist. Despite its sweet components, the zesty orange juice maintains a balanced flavor throughout. This cocktail has a delightful mix of chocolate and orange, reminiscent of holiday treats, and presents with an impressive rating of 4.6 out of 5. It’s a cold, shaken cocktail that's perfect for a festive occasion, offering both sweetness and citrus in harmonious proportions.

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Vodka and orange liqueur

You asked: Sweet and zesty vodka and orange liqueur cocktail. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Bitter orange & cardamom martini

Infused with that wonderful aroma of orange and spices reminiscent of Christmas, this is a wonderful take on classic Christmas...

Vodka (60ml), Cointreau (20ml), Lemon Juice (60ml), Marmalade (Tablespoon), Cardamom pods (2)

5 ingredients
4.72 / 5

Chocolate Orange

Christmas flavours don't come much more authentic than chocolate and orange. This delightful combination is put to perfect use in...

Vodka (30ml), Orange juice (10ml), Creme De Cacao (30ml), Orange Syrup (15ml), Sugar Syrup (Teaspoon)

5 ingredients
4.6 / 5

Orange Whip

The Orange Whip is a lusciously creamy and citrusy cocktail that combines the clear, clean flavors of vodka and white...

Vodka (30ml), Triple Sec (15ml), Orange juice (120ml), White rum (30ml), Cream (60ml)

5 ingredients
3.91 / 5

Orange Tic Tac

The Orange Tic Tac cocktail is an energetic, citrus-flavored drink that blends the sweetness and orange essence of Triple Sec,...

Triple Sec (Dash), Energy drink (120ml), Orange vodka (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.87 / 5

Vanilla Screwdriver

The Vanilla Screwdriver is a sweet twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail, which typically combines orange juice with vodka. In...

Orange juice (Top up), Vanilla vodka (60ml)

2 ingredients
3.82 / 5

Orange Mojito

The Orange Mojito is a citrusy twist on the classic mojito cocktail, incorporating the bright, zesty flavor of orange. Traditionally,...

Vodka (90ml), Mint Leaves (8), Orange (1), Sugar (Teaspoon)

4 ingredients
3.75 / 5


The Creamsickle is a cocktail that harkens back to the classic flavor profile of the childhood favorite frozen treat, the...

Triple Sec (22.5ml), Orange juice (15ml), Cream (Dash), Orange vodka (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.74 / 5

Vodka Sunrise

The Vodka Sunrise is a vibrant and citrusy cocktail that conjures up images of leisurely mornings and sun-dappled terraces. A...

Orange juice (90ml), Lemon-Lime soda (30ml), Grenadine (Dash), Vodka (90ml)

4 ingredients
3.69 / 5

Orange Splash

The Orange Splash is a citrus-forward cocktail that delivers a refreshing zesty kick, perfect for those who enjoy tangy and...

Cointreau (30ml), Lime juice (), Orange juice (), Lemon vodka (60ml), Sugar (Teaspoon)

5 ingredients
3.51 / 5

Agent Orange

Agent Orange is a citrusy and refreshing cocktail that is known for its bright orange color and zesty flavor. This...

Orange liqueur (15ml), Vodka (30ml), Triple Sec (7.5ml), Orange juice (Dash)

4 ingredients
3.51 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What is an orange liqueur and how is it used in cocktails?

Orange liqueur, often made from citrus peels, is used to add a sweet and aromatic citrus flavor to cocktails. Examples include Triple Sec, Grand Marnier, and Cointreau.

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How can I balance sweetness in a cocktail?

Balancing sweetness involves using acidic ingredients like citrus juice or adding a bit of bitterness with ingredients like bitters or herbs. Adjusting the ratios can help achieve the desired balance.

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What are some popular vodka cocktails?

Popular vodka cocktails include the Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, and Vodka Martini. These cocktails highlight vodka's versatility and ability to blend seamlessly with various mixers.

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How do I add a zesty flavor to my cocktails?

To add a zesty flavor, use fresh citrus juices, citrus liqueurs, or zest the peel of citrus fruits directly into the drink. This imparts a fresh and tangy aroma and taste.

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Can I use marmalade in cocktails?

Yes, marmalade can be used in cocktails to add both sweetness and a rich citrus flavor. It works well in drinks that aim for a balance between sweet and tart elements.

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