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Blood Orange Gin Fizz | Kara Lydon

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Delightfully refreshing and subtly sweet, this blood orange gin fizz cocktail is perfect for a date night or party!Pink cocktail in rocks glass on marble top, blood orange slices, copper cocktail shakerAnyone in need of a gorgeous winter cocktail to brighten things up a bit?

This is my favorite cocktail to make for Valentine’s Day because of its bright pink color! It’s refreshing, balanced, bright, and subtly sweet. And with the right kind of gin, oh so smooth.

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Blood oranges are in-season during the winter months so I like to take advantage of their gorgeous bright red color to make a fun, festive cocktail.

A gin fizz is easy to make with only a few ingredients. Its characteristic silky foam on top is what keeps me coming back for more.

The blood orange simple syrup takes only 5 minutes to make and the cocktail itself takes only minutes. The simple syrup does need 30-60 minutes to cool though so take that into account when planning.

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I’d recommend making the simple syrup ahead of time and then you can make the cocktails when your guests (or date!) arrive.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Cocktail ingredients laid out on marble surface

Notes on Ingredients

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Blood oranges: You’ll need 1 cup of blood orange juice so the number of oranges you need is based on their size. Approximately 8 small blood oranges or 5-6 medium-large oranges should yield one cup.

Gin: I’ve made this with a couple different brands but I thought Hendricks Gin made the better cocktail.

Egg: You’ll need ONLY THE EGG WHITE (not the yolk) for this recipe. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of food borne illness so try to use pasteurized eggs for this recipe. Alternatively, you can use two tablespoons of aquafaba to replace one egg white.

Aquafaba: this is the liquid leftover from canned chickpeas and is a vegan substitute for the egg white.

Lemon: I think the lemon juice helps brighten up the cocktail’s flavor but also more importantly interacts with the egg white to produce more foam!

Soda water: Use any sparkling water, club soda, etc.

Sugar: I used cane sugar but granulated would work too.

Equipment You’ll Need 

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Saucepan
  • Citrus squeezer (affiliate link – I earn a small commission with a purchase).
  • Cocktail glass

How to Make a Blood Orange Gin Fizz

5 steps illustrated in single graphic

Step 1: Squeeze blood oranges to yield one cup of juice.

Step 2: Add sugar and blood orange juice to a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Add gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white to a cocktail shaker.

Step 4: Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

Step 5: Add ice and shake again until cold, about 30-60 seconds.

Step 6: Strain drink into glass and fill to the top with soda water (not pictured above).Close up of pink cocktail in rocks glass, white foam, orange rind garnishExpert Tips

  1. Make the blood orange simple syrup ahead of time. This way all you have to worry about when your guests or your date arrives is making the cocktails!
  2. Strain your simple syrup if you don’t want any traces of pulp.
  3. If you’re worried about the safety of using an egg white in the drink, purchase pasteurized eggs or use aquafaba!
  4. The key to getting that gorgeous silky foam is doing a dry-shake of all the ingredients first, which simply means shaking all the ingredients without ice. The warm temperature helps to build the foam, and then you can add ice for that final shake to ensure your cocktail is refreshingly cold.

Blood Orange Cocktail FAQs

I don’t eat eggs (vegetarian/vegan/allergy). Is there a substitute?

Yes! You can use aquafaba as a substitute for the egg white. Aqufaba is the liquid leftover from canned chickpeas and is a vegan substitute for the egg white. Two tablespoons of aquafaba equals one egg white. It produces the same foam you’d get with an egg white!

Can I make this into a blood orange mocktail?

Yes! Simply omit the gin and add a little more soda water. Or you could use a non-alcoholic gin alternative. There are lots of booze-free spirits on the market now! 

How long does the simple syrup keep for?

Simple syrup will keep in the fridge for about a month!

Can I make this without the lemon juice?

I tested this recipe without and you certainly can but it doesn’t produce as much foam.

Overhead image of pink cocktail on white marble, white foam, orange rind garnish

For other cocktail inspiration, check out my recipes below!

If you like this recipe, please be sure to comment and give it a 5 star rating below. If you make it, share it on Instagram and tag me @karalydonrd and I’ll re-share it with my followers! If you want to save this recipe for later, be sure to pin it on Pinterest!

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Description

Delightfully refreshing and subtly sweet, this blood orange gin fizz cocktail is perfect for a date night or party!


For the blood orange simple syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup blood orange juice (from about 8 small or 56 medium/large oranges)

For the blood orange cocktail:

  • 2 ounces gin (1/4 cup)
  • 1 ounce blood orange simple syrup (2 tablespoons)
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice, from about 1/2 lemon (1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • 1 egg white (or 2 tablespoons aquafaba)*
  • Ice
  • Soda water

For the blood orange simple syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, add sugar and blood orange juice over medium heat, and bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit until cools to room temperature (about 60 minutes).
  3. Using a funnel if needed (I use a glass measuring cup), transfer the simple syrup into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

For the blood orange cocktail:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add gin, blood orange simple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white (or aquafaba) and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  2. Add ice to cocktail shaker and shake again until cold, about 30-60 seconds.
  3. Strain drink into glass and fill to the top with soda water.
  4. Optional: Garnish with blood orange peel.

Notes

  1. Consuming raw or undercooked eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.
  2. Aquafaba is the liquid leftover from canned chickpeas and is a vegan substitute for the egg white.
  3. You can strain your simple syrup if you some pulp got out while squeezing your juice. I didn’t bother with this extra step because I knew it would get strained out in the cocktail shaker (and there wasn’t much).
  4. You don’t have to add lemon juice if you don’t have it but you won’t get as much foam as a result.
  5. For a blood orange mocktail, simply omit the gin (and you can add extra soda water).
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Cocktail

Keywords: blood orange gin fizz, blood orange cocktail



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