Blood orange is the moodiest member of the citrus family. It combines the light sweetness of a Meyer lemon with a unique bitter fruitiness. These qualities make it a good treat to eat, but an even better one to drink in cocktails. Stock up on fresh blood orange in the winter and spring when the fruit is in season, and hit the store for blood orange soda when it’s not. These are the tastiest blood orange cocktails you can make any time of the year.
The 5 Best Cocktails to Make with Blood Orange
The classic Mojito is a drinker’s best friend on a hot day. This blood orange variation is just as refreshing, but it also adds a touch of bitterness from the orange, making a more complex cocktail. Reducing the amount of simple syrup to make room for the fresh-squeezed blood orange juice also cuts the inherent sweetness of the classic cocktail. Consider this your springtime Mojito, taking you from chilier days all the way through to the heat of summer.
A gin bucket, for the uninitiated, is a large format drink meant to be consumed with friends (occasionally served via a turkey baster shot directly into the mouth). This is a classy take on the concept, using blood orange soda instead of the traditional 7-Up or Sprite. It’s tart, refreshing and the perfect party upgrade.
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Blood Orange Soda
Blood orange is just as comfortable in savory drinks as it is in light, fruity ones. Case in point: the Blood Orange Bloody Mary. Fresh juice from a blood orange mixed with tomato juice, vodka and Tabasco makes this Bloody even bloodier. Serve it up in a hollowed our cucumber with a chili salt rim to make it all the more festive.
A basic G&T is the perfect drink: refreshing, herbaceous, simple to make and even easier to drink. Also, just as importantly, it can be customized to fit any taste. While there’s no actual tonic in this version of the drink, you’ll forgive the name after one taste, since it perfectly evokes the fresh rush of the classic cocktail. It’s made with ginger beer for spice, St-Germain for floral sweetness, pineapple for fruitiness and blood orange soda to take it all up a notch.
Blood Orange Soda
You’d be hard pressed to find a citrus that doesn’t taste good in a Margarita, but blood orange is something else. Blood oranges are less acidic than other types of citrus commonly found in the drink (this recipe keeps some of the original lime juice to compensate), and they introduce more bitterness and berry sweetness, adding some extra depth to the drink. Added bonus: The almost pastel colors of the Blood Orange Margarita make it look just as good as it tastes.
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