Blood Orange Sour

This post was sponsored by Broker’s Gin and contains affiliate links. See our disclosure policy here.

Get Our Recipes Sent To Your Inbox
Thanks! Keep an eye on your inbox for updates.

Cocktail History

The Blood Orange Sour is gin cocktail that was first published in the book Gin O’Clock: A Year of Ginspiration by Craft Cocktail Club. It uses a simple sour template that calls for dry gin as the base and enhances it with citrus juices, most notable of which is tart blood orange. This is also what gives the drink its striking magenta color.

Cocktail Ingredients

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

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. It’s a gin that is infused with botanical flavor through redistillation without artificial ingredients or colors. 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. For a mocktail version of this drink, try Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin.

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.

Which of our palates is yours most like?
Find out if your palate is most similar to Alex’s or Kendall’s by answering five questions.

Take Our Quiz →

Which of our palates is yours most like?
Find out if your palate is most similar to Alex’s or Kendall’s by answering five questions.

Take Our Quiz →

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.

Gin O’clock: A Year of Ginspiration
Gin O’clock: A Year of Ginspiration
Hardcover Book; Craft Gin Club (Author); English (Publication Language); 160 Pages – 02/02/2021 (Publication Date) – HarperCollins (Publisher)
$22.99

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

Make It a Mocktail: Use Lyre’s Non-Alcoholic Dry London Spirit in place of the gin to try a booze-free version of this drink.

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Libbey 3770 Embassy 4.5 Ounce Cocktail Glass - 36 / CS
Libbey 3770 Embassy 4.5 Ounce Cocktail Glass – 36 / CS
Capacity: 4.5 Oz.; Height: 5-1/8″; Top Diameter: 2-7/8″; Bottom Diameter: 2-1/2″; Maximum Diameter: 2-7/8″
Goblet - Red Wine Glass - Water Glass - Stemmed Glasses - Set of 6 Goblets - Crystal like Glass - 10 oz. Beautifully Designed - by Barski - Made in Europe
Goblet – Red Wine Glass – Water Glass – Stemmed Glasses – Set of 6 Goblets – Crystal like Glass – 10 oz. Beautifully Designed – by Barski – Made in Europe
Set of 6 in pretty box, no wrapping necessary; Dishwasher safe for added convenience; Makes a perfect gift for someone special or for personal use.
$79.95
Waterford Lismore Goblet, Set of 2
Waterford Lismore Goblet, Set of 2
Crafted from the finest crystal; Beautifully presented in classic Waterford packaging; Hand wash with soft cloth
Goblet - Red Wine Glass - Water Glass - Stemmed Glasses - Set of 6 Goblets - Glass Crystal - 11 oz. - Tattoo Designed -Beautifully Designed - by Barski - Made in Europe
Goblet – Red Wine Glass – Water Glass – Stemmed Glasses – Set of 6 Goblets – Glass Crystal – 11 oz. – Tattoo Designed -Beautifully Designed – by Barski – Made in Europe
Set of 6 in pretty box, no wrapping necessary; Dishwasher safe for added convenience; Makes a perfect gift for someone special or for personal use.
$82.50

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 Cocktail Recipe

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

Nucleus Mimosa Cocktail Recipe

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

Garibaldi Cocktail Recipe

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

Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

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

This post contains affiliate links, meaning we make a small commission each time you purchase a product using our links. Product images sourced from Amazon Product Advertising API. Amazon affiliate links last updated on 2022-12-02.

Leave a comment