Blood Orange Sour

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Cocktail History

The Blood Orange Sour is gin cocktail from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club. It uses a simple sour template enhanced with blood orange juice, which gives the drink its striking color.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine. 

Triple Sec: This adds sweet citrus flavors that balance out the other dry ingredients. We used Cointreau because it’s one of the highest quality triple secs on the market.

Blood Orange Juice: This adds sweet citrus flavor and turns the drink a brilliant pink-red color. We juiced a few blood oranges so the juice would be as fresh as possible.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other sweet ingredients. We always use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes much better.

Blood Orange Wedge: This is the garnish. It adds a hint of blood orange’s sweet citrus aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Blood Orange Sour features aromas of bitter blood orange and has an initially sweet taste accented by citrus and the gin’s herbal flavors while held in the mouth; the swallow then features the unique tart taste of blood orange along with the botanicals from the gin, which all linger together in the throat.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: After tweaking this recipe to better suit our palates, we both thought this was a simple riff done right, especially since blood orange is such a distinctive ingredient.

Alex’s Take: “When we first came across this recipe, we didn’t love the idea of only 1 oz of gin, so we upped it to 1.5 oz. I also wasn’t impressed by the original recipe once we tried it, which only called for 1 tsp lemon juice to offset the sweetness, so I ended up adding another 2 tsp lemon juice. This ended up balancing it fairly well, but we both felt this the drink still had a tiny bit too much sourness to it. If I made it again, I would probably try it as-is because it was tasty but with 2 tsp lemon juice for better balance.”

Kendall’s Take: “If you really want to enjoy the tart taste of blood oranges while they’re in season, this is a tangy gin cocktail that’ll allow you to do just that. Once again, Broker’s London Dry Gin blends right in to this drink, making it more potent than you might realize. Try this cocktail at your next brunch in lieu of mimosas!”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club.

AuthorGin O'ClockPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 1 oz Blood Orange Juice
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 2 tsp Lemon Juice
 1 Blood Orange Wedge

Method
1

Add gin, blood orange juice, triple sec, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with blood orange wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz London Dry Gin
 1 oz Blood Orange Juice
 ½ oz Triple Sec
 2 tsp Lemon Juice
 1 Blood Orange Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, blood orange juice, triple sec, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with blood orange wedge.

Blood Orange Sour

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More Citrus Cocktails

If you like this citrus-forward cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Gin & Sin: A gin cocktail made with orange juice, lemon juice, grenadine, and an orange twist

Nucleus Mimosa: A sparkling wine cocktail made with orange juice, cranberry juice, and a lime slice

Garibaldi: A low-proof cocktail made with orange juice, Campari, and an orange slice

Gimlet: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, simple syrup, and a lime wedge

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