Xanthippe Cocktail

Xanthippe (pronounced zan-tippy) was the much younger, attractive wife of the Greek philosopher Socrates; she was alleged to have been extremely sharp-tongued and her name has for centuries been a by-word for a shrewish woman.  We’re not at all sure of that but we toast to Xanthippe with this lovely, vibrant and sharp cocktail. 

Our Xanthippe cocktail uses just three ingredients plus crushed ice to produce these delicious results.  Enjoy a Xanthippe or two with some Tuna Tapenade during cocktail hour; the flavor contrasts pair exceedingly well.  Be careful, having multiple Xanthippe cocktails may make you behave like its lovely namesake.


Total Time: 5 minutes. Serves 2.


  • 4 parts freshly squeezed Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 part of Cointreau*
  • 7 parts Citrus Vodka
  • Crushed Ice


  1. Combine blood orange juice, Cointreau and citrus vodka in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake with crushed ice for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain and pour into martini glasses and serve.


  • Triple Sec may be substituted for Cointreau. If you are watching your sugar intake, substitute freshly squeezed lime juice for the Cointreau.