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17 Best Blood Orange Cocktails

Friday night and Sunday brunch plans must always have blood orange cocktails on the menu.

Whether you’re looking for a kick-off-the-party bevy or a relaxing tipple, these blood orange cocktails have you covered.

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Blood Orange Margarita with Salt

Summer is all about spiked lemonade, but come winter, blood oranges are the citrus of the season

With its alluring ruby-red hue and sweet and tart flavor, this citrus goes excellently with almost any type of alcohol.

There are a wide array of cocktail recipes to choose from, which is why I’ve narrowed it down for you.

Ready for a boozy weekend? It’s time to bring out the cocktail connoisseur in you.

1. Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

This blood orange bourbon smash tastes predominantly of sweet blood oranges and caramel-y and smoky bourbon, but other components give it more complex flavors.

The addition of orange juice, maple syrup, and mint makes this smash a smash! It’s sweet and zingy with notes of maple, caramel, and vanilla. How lovely.

Pro-tip: for the best and freshest flavor, squeeze the blood oranges yourself.

If you can’t get them fresh, store-bought juice is fine, but try to look for all-natural.

2. Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

This cocktail’s fiery red hue tells you this isn’t your average gin and tonic.

With just a little bit of blood orange, you’ll transform the classic cocktail into a crimson delight.

Its combination of sweet and tart, as well as hints of cherry and raspberry, add a lovely flavor to the basic bevy. 

3. Blood Orange Rosemary Mimosa

With this blood orange rosemary mimosa, brunching with friends has never been more fun.

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Sparkling wine and blood orange juice join forces to create this delectable cocktail. 

Garnish it with sprigs of rosemary to add an earthy, herbal flavor and a more festive look.

This cocktail isn’t only ideal for brunches, but for holiday celebrations as well!

4. Blood Orange Martini

It’s just like a martini, but prettier and tastier.

Where some cocktails are just cloyingly sweet, this one will give you different layers of flavors.

With a lovely balance of sweet, citrusy, and bitter, this cocktail will tantalize your tastebuds, for sure. 

Whether you enjoy this cocktail by yourself or share it with loved ones, you’ll surely have a great time.

5. Sparkling Blood Orange Gimlet

Give the regular martini a holiday makeover with blood orange!

Trust the gorgeous fruit can transform the most basic cocktails into festive, holiday-worthy libations.

Instead of just vodka and sweetened lime juice, throw in some champagne, gin, and blood orange juice.

It creates a bright and zingy punch with a terrific tropical taste. 

It’s perfect if you want to add a summer flair to winter affairs.

6. Blood Orange Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule has recently regained its popularity, and I think it’s all thanks to Pinterest – particularly, thousands of pictures of Moscow mules served in a rustic, copper mug.

So if you’ve also given into the hype and got your own copper mugs, this recipe is calling out your name.

Besides the pretty presentation, though, what makes this Moscow mule extra special is the delectable combination of ginger beer, vodka, lime juice, and blood orange concentrate.

The blend of sweet, citrus, and ginger flavors makes this cocktail extremely scrumptious and refreshing.

7. Blood Orange Vodka Cocktail

This blood orange vodka cocktail is a fun and fizzy drink that’s perfect for your Friday night festivities. 

This mix of blood orange, vodka, and sparkling water isn’t only refreshingly delicious, but also sugar-free and low-carb as well.

Just because it’s the weekend doesn’t mean you should let go of your health goals!

8. Blood Orange Sangria

Sangria is, hands down, one of my favorite all-time cocktails. It’s usually my poison of choice at parties and brunches. 

I mean, how can anyone resist the charm of a cold glass of sangria? This version, in particular, is especially more mouthwatering than any.

With its stunning hue and beautiful balance of flavors, this cocktail is surely one for the books.

9. Blood Orange Margaritas

Blood orange margaritas are a fun twist to the classic, lemony drink.

It still has that sweet and citrusy flavor profile, but with an added blend of sweet and tart blood oranges. Oh, and a drop of vanilla as well.

With its charming hue and scrumptious flavor, this might just be your newest favorite margarita.

10. Blood Orange Cocktail

I can’t express enough how stunning blood oranges are.

I mean, just look at those slices floating along the sides of the glass? Gorgeous is an understatement!

The cocktail’s golden brown hue adds to the charm, too.

The taste is also very much on point. Its mix of white wine, vodka, Grand Marnier, and blood orange makes a smooth, crisp, and refreshing drink.

11. Blood Orange French 75

The French 75 is a classic cocktail of champagne, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

In this bloody beautiful variation, you’ll use blood orange instead of lemon juice. The result is a beautiful masterpiece.

With a simple switcheroo, you’ll make a crazy delicious cocktail that tastes like it was mixed by a bartending pro!

12. Blood Orange Paloma

Just like margaritas, Palomas are tasty, tequila-based Tex Mex tipples. How’s that for alliteration?

Wordplay aside, this blood orange Paloma is seriously sublime.

Besides the usual mix of tequila and grapefruit, this version also includes blood orange juice into the mix. 

From the color to the flavor, I give it an A+.

13. Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

If you’re not familiar with elderflower, its name might not sound all that appetizing to you. But, don’t knock it until you try it.

With a sweet, fruity, and floral flavor with nuances of pear and lychee, elderflower has a wonderfully unique taste.

Add it to blood orange and gin, and you’ll create a delicious and refreshing cocktail.

14. Blood Orange and Grapefruit Beer Cocktail

With a combination of blood orange juice, lemon juice, and grapefruit beer, this is the ultimate citrus cocktail.

Rum provides an extra kick, while a garnish of orange and grapefruit slices gives it more personality.

This cocktail is fizzy, fresh, not too sweet, and simply delightful.

15. Winter Tequila Sunrise

Tequila sunrise is a delectable summer cocktail. But who says you can’t enjoy it even in the cold weather? Just jazz it up with blood oranges and you’re all set.

A blend of tequila, orange juice, and blood orange juice, one sip will chase those winter blues away. 

Give it more oomph by garnishing it with orange and blood orange slices.

16. Frozen Vanilla Blood Orange Daiquiri

If the winter cold doesn’t bother you at all, this frozen daiquiri has our name written all over it.

It combines the goodness of freshly squeezed blood oranges and limes, vanilla rum, cassava syrup, and Chambord – a black raspberry liqueur.

The ingredients are blended with ice, creating a slushy-like treat guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.

17. Blood Orange Mojito

Regular mojitos are fun, but these blood orange mojitos are something else.

So, instead of just the usual lime juice, add a splash of blood orange juice to the mix as well.

Apart from the lovely tinge of red, the fruit also gives the cocktail some sweetness.

17 Best Blood Orange Cocktails

These blood orange cocktails are perfect for happy hour, brunch, or any time of day! From a gin and tonic to mimosas to martinis, give your cocktails a burst of sunshine with blood oranges.

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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