This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a vibrant, sweet and citrusy cocktail made with high quality ingredients!
Unlike Meyer lemons, which I find to be a bit overhyped, blood oranges are an ingredient that I really love working with every year. I always look forward to their arrival in the middle of winter. Not only are they visually stunning, but their flavor is notably different from other oranges.
It’s sweeter. More vibrant. Blood oranges almost have a ruby red grapefruit quality, if you remove most traces of the bitterness and replace it with sunshine.
It feels natural to pair this vibrant juice with my favorite cocktail. I’ve been a gin and tonic drinker for several years now, though recently I’ve been trying to branch out and order other cocktails when I’m out with friends. I’m really boring when it comes to drinks. But I can’t help it. I like what I like.
This is a drink where the quality of the ingredients will make a huge difference. I’m not a complete snob when it comes to gin and tonic brands but I do avoid rail gins such as Tanqueray and cheaper tonics like Canada Dry or Schweppes. There are much smoother options out there and if you don’t like gin and tonics it’s probably because you’ve only had the cheap happy hour versions. My friend introduced me to Bombay Sapphire Gin a few years ago and I think it’s very reasonably priced for what you get. Most bars seem to carry it so it’s what I typically order when I’m out.
Moving on to tonic water. Fever Tree is a really tasty brand that works well in this recipe; my only issue with it is the price tag. A much more reasonably priced tonic that I’ve found is, surprisingly, Whole Food’s 365 tonic water. I think it’s less than half the price of Fever Tree and tastes very good.
Between you and me (and whoever else reads this) I often cheat when I make this and buy bottled blood orange juice from Whole Foods. Regardless of whether you use fresh or bottled blood orange juice, just make this. You’ll be glad you did.
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This Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a vibrant, sweet and citrusy cocktail made with high quality ingredients! Put down the corkscrew and serve this gorgeous drink to your guests.
- 1/2 cup blood orange juice (1-2 blood oranges)
- 1/2 cup good quality tonic water (such as Fever Tree or Whole Foods 365)
- 1/4 - 1/2 lime, juiced (I like a lot of lime)
- 1 shot good quality gin (such as Bombay Sapphire)
Combine blood orange juice, tonic water, lime, and gin.
- Serve over ice.
If you're making this drink in large batches, Whole Foods sells a really good blood orange juice by the bottle.