When life gives you oranges… you make a cocktail! Or at least that’s what I do! 😉
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This Blood Orange Elderflower Cocktail strikes the perfect balance of flavors. Refreshing, fruity, floral, sweet and utterly delicious. These go down easy so make sure to add a few extra oranges to your cart because you’re going to wish you had more.
Whether you’re a Gin drinker or a Vodka drinker, this cocktail is for you – it tastes great regardless which route you go. I’m no mixologist, but my friends gave their stamp of approval for both!
For all the gin drinkers, I use Tanqueray. And for all my vodka drinkers, I use Tito’s!
Here’s what you’ll need to make this cocktail:
- St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
- Gin or Vodka – both taste equally as great so pick whichever you prefer!
- fresh lime juice
- blood orange juice
- Diet ginger beer – I like to use the Bundaberg brand, but any diet ginger beer will do!
If you’ve never had St. Germain Elderflower before, it is a sweeter liqueur that gives off a subtle pear-like flavor. St. Germain is not a liqueur that you would drink on it’s own, it’s best paired with something else. Take this freshly squeezed citrus for example.
Tips for blood orange juice:
Blood oranges are seasonal, which is why I has taken me a year to get this recipe up on my blog. Buy them and make ALL things blood orange right now!!
Some retailers sell pre-squeezed blood orange juice, but it’s rare to find in most stores. That’s why I like to juice my own. I buy 6-8 blood oranges at a time and store the juice in the fridge for the week.
How do I juice them?
It’s easy! I use this manual citrus juicer and store the fresh juice in these weck juice jars! For smaller citrus such as lemons and limes, I use this hand held juice squeezer, but find that oranges are a tad too big for this tool. When I’m hosting, I prepare my juice ahead of time and chill it in the fridge until I’m ready to start pouring drinks.
What to use as a garnish?
These cocktails are beautiful on their own because of the vibrant blood orange juice color, but I like to add an extra orange slice (or two) along with a sprig of fresh thyme… hence the title of this blog post.
I like to drink these cocktails with a stainless steel straw to avoid ice and garnishes smacking me in the face with each sip. These straws are eco-friendly and come with a brush, making them incredibly easy to clean. They are shorter on purpose because they are meant to be cocktail straws. They also double as a drink stirrer. 😉
Orange ya glad I’m sharing this cocktail recipe? This is a MUST try! Don’t wait to make these because citrus season will be over before you know it!
- 1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
- 1.5 oz Gin or Vodka
- splash fresh lime juice
- splash blood orange juice
- Diet ginger beer
- Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
- Add St. Germain and choice of Gin or Vodka.
- Add splash of lime juice and splash of blood orange juice.
- Top off with ginger beer and stir it all up.
- Serve with a blood orange slice and fresh thyme as a garnish!
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I’d love to hear from you once you get the chance to make this recipe. Leave a comment below with your review or any modifications you made! And don’t forget to tag @rightbackspatula on Instagram if you take any pictures!