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Blood Orange Cocktail – Gin & Thyme

January 19, 2019

A fruity, juicy and delicious Blood Orange Cocktail made with gin, fresh blood oranges and garnished with thyme. This cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate winter citrus fruits because we should ok, we should drink cocktails!

A blood orange cocktail in a glass with slices of orange all around and sprigs of thyme

If you happen to like a tipple or two then you’ve got to try this Blood Orange Cocktail. It looks a lot like an Aperol Spritz but tastes nothing like it. This cocktail is all of the juicy, fruitiness and has no bitterness whatsoever.

I LOVE blood oranges, not only do they look insanely beautiful but they taste delicious and are packed full of vitamin C….YES, this cocktail is one of your 5 a day….you are so very welcome!

Although I am a huge cocktail fan I don’t make them at home unless they are super simple and require only a few ingredients because let’s face it, they can get pretty expensive.

This blood orange cocktail is made with 3 alcoholic drinks, gin, Cointreau and Prosecco (gotta have bubbles). The thing is, you can easily adapt the cocktail and leave one liqueur out altogether.

I used blood orange gin which is pretty much sunshine in a bottle but you can use any gin for this. I also used Cointreau which is one of my favourite liqueurs ever. It gives the most delicious intense orange kick and tastes like a dream.

My Recommendations for Reducing Cost

You can opt to use just ONE liqueur… choose either just gin or just Cointreau and you will reduce the cost dramatically. If you already have one in your cupboard then score!

Tip: If you choose to go with just one then double the measure. I use a half measure of each in this recipe so when using just one use a full measure.

How to Make a Blood Orange Cocktail – Step By Step

First, squeeze the juice from half a blood orange into a jug (photo 1). Add half a shot of blood orange gin and half a shot of Cointreau and mix (photo 2).

Step by step photos for making a blood orange cocktail

Pour the mixture over a glass filled with ice and top up with prosecco, garnish with a slice of blood orange and sprig of thyme (photo 4).

Tips and Variations

  • Can’t find blood orange gin? You can replace it with your favourite brand instead
  • This cocktail will also work well with regular oranges
  • I don’t recommend replacing the prosecco with white wine, it needs a sparkle
  • It’s much better to squeeze the orange juice into a separate jug and stir in the liqueurs so you can pour it neatly into a serving glass
  • On that note, the freshly squeezed orange juice makes a difference so don’t substitute orange juice in a carton if possible (unless high quality).

Perfect Nibbles for Serving with Cocktails

Cocktails are a great way to kick start a night whether you’re just relaxing over the weekend or entertaining guests, serve them with some delicious appetizers because drinking on an empty stomach just ain’t advised.

Prosecco getting poured into a blood orange cocktail

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Blood Orange Cocktail

A fruity, juicy and delicious Blood Orange Cocktail made with gin, fresh blood oranges and garnished with thyme. 
Course Drinks
Cuisine Modern Italian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 106kcal
Author Emily Kemp

Ingredients

  • 1/2 blood orange freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 measure (15ml) Cointreau
  • 1/2 measure (15ml) Blood orange gin or gin of choice
  • 1 measure (30ml) Prosecco to top up
  • 1 slice blood orange for garnish
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • Ice

Instructions

  • First, squeeze the juice from half a blood orange into a jug.
  • Add half a shot of blood orange gin and half a shot of Cointreau and mix.
  • Pour the mixture over a glass filled with ice and top up with prosecco, garnish with a slice of blood orange and sprig of thyme.

Notes

  • Can't find blood orange gin? You can replace it with your favourite brand instead
  • This cocktail will also work well with regular oranges
  • I don't recommend replacing the prosecco with white wine, it needs a sparkle
  • It's much better to squeeze the orange juice into a separate jug and stir in the liqueurs so you can pour it neatly into a serving glass
  • On that note, the freshly squeezed orange juice makes a difference so don't substitute orange juice in a carton if possible (unless high quality).

Nutrition

Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 12.5mg
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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Angela
    February 3, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Oh my! I just want to pick this up and drink it! It looks so inviting!! Cant wait to try it!5 stars

  • Reply
    Debalina Mitra
    January 21, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    That colour is beautiful! Sounds like a great combination with gin. Am gonna include this in the next party that we host! Thanks for sharing!5 stars

  • Reply
    Kate | The Veg Space
    January 21, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, this looks stunning! A gorgeous way to make use of blood oranges. Stunning photos too!5 stars

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    Kate
    January 21, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    I love blood oranges. This looks so delicious and refreshing. Thyme sounds amazing with it.5 stars

  • Reply
    Neli Howard
    January 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    This is such an amazing cocktail! That color is the prettiest! and I love your stunning pics as always! thanks5 stars

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    Claudia
    January 21, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    that looks so darn refreshing. I guess its about time I tried gin never had it and this cocktail is delightful!5 stars

    • Reply
      Inside the rustic kitchen
      January 21, 2019 at 3:52 pm

      Oh really!? I’m not a G&T drinker either but a little splash in a cocktail is so nice! Thanks Claudia.

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