Blood oranges are the prettiest of fruit in my humble opinion. They are also extremely difficult to find even in big agriculture states like California, so when I DO find some I always try to make something with them. A few weeks ago I got my hands on some and didn’t really have any time to make something, so I squeezed out all the juice they had and stored the juice in the fridge. I finally got around to it and what resulted was this citrus-y take on a gin and tonic recipe.
Why I love blood oranges so much
I have to say blood oranges are some of my favorite fruits! Not only are they slightly sweeter than regular oranges, they have this beautiful red color in the middle. The red color bleeds into their skins which is why the side of a blood orange is slightly red. That’s how you can distinguish between a blood orange from a regular orange.
Because blood oranges are sweeter, they make awesome ingredients for desserts and drinks. I’ve made a few blood orange recipes in the past few years like this blood orange lemonade and this blood orange glaze. This year I wanted to do something different and make a cocktail with it.
Gin and tonics are my favorite cocktail
In recent years, gin and tonics have become my favorite cocktail. I like them because they are extremely simple to make, and they are a tad lighter than other cocktails on the calories which is a win for me. I can also get them at pretty much any bar in the world since it’s literally gin and tonic water!
A simple and fresh blood orange gin and tonic
This blood orange gin and tonic recipe has a few simple ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to make! Blood orange juice, gin, and tonic water. Gin is my favorite type of alcohol because it doesn’t need that much to make a great drink, and it blends really well with citrus.
What to substitute in for blood oranges
Living in California, I am always blessed with a large variety of produce, so blood oranges are not that hard to find for me. But if you live in a place where they are hard to find…which is almost anywhere else…I would substitute in grapefruit juice and a small amount of honey or simple syrup to get a similar flavor and color. The honey is for balancing out the slightly sour taste of grapefruit juice.
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Blood Orange Gin and Tonic
- 4 oz blood orange juice
- 7 oz gin
- 12 oz tonic water
- Pour all the ingredients in a small pitcher or a cocktail maker and stir.
- Divide the cocktail evenly between 2 glasses with a few cubes of ice.