12 Zesty Orange Juice Cocktails For Every Occasion and Season 

July 08, 2022 by Sonja Edridge

If you’re one who loves drinks made with orange juice, then we’ve got fantastic news for you. Our eleven orange juice cocktails are real crowd pleasers, and great for enjoying all year round.

1. Mimosa

Orange Juice Mimosas in flutes

A Mimosa is a perfect beginner’s cocktail as it is impossible to get wrong. Enjoy this refreshing drink at brunch – it pairs well with all things breakfast, from eggs and avo to fiery shakshuka. The Mimosa recipe is one of the simplest drinks made with orange juice: it’s a 50/50 mix of just 2 ingredients, bubbly Champagne and fresh zesty orange juice. Switch up the ratios and add more OJ if you prefer a lower-alcohol drink.

2. Aperol Orange Juice

Aperol Orange Juice cocktail shown from above with mint

If you’re on the hunt for the best fruity cocktails, stop right here. An Aperol Orange Juice cocktail is the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. If you’re new to Aperol, you can’t miss this bright orange bottle on the shelf! It is an Italian bitter aperitif with hints of orange and rhubarb. To make one, just pour equal measures (60ml) of Aperol and freshly squeezed orange juice into a glass and top it up with 30ml of Prosecco and a good handful of ice. Andiamo! 

3. Hurricane

Hurricane Cocktail on a wooden board garnished with orange wedge and maraschino cherry

A Hurricane Cocktail is a carnival of rum and fruity flavours that reflect the flirty mood of New Orleans at Mardis Gras. It’s a zingy mix of delectable passion fruit, shaken with both white and dark rum with a dash of bright red grenadine, finished with sweet orange juice. Up the bling with colourful straws, garish umbrellas and cherries on a toothpick. This drink is bound to get everyone in the carnival mood. 

4. Tequila Sunrise

Colorful tequila sunrise cocktails with limes, pineapples and cherries

The Tequila Sunrise is another of the classic drinks made with orange juice and this beachy cocktail layers just like a glorious sunrise, giving it all the photogenic appeal. It combines orange juice with grenadine and tequila for a bright, citrusy taste. The sweet syrupy grenadine mixes deliciously with the tangy orange juice for an easy fresh and fruity drink you’ll want to make again and again. Garnished in retro style with a maraschino cherry, it’s no surprise this cocktail was all the rage in the 70s.

5. Tequila Sunset

Tequila Sunset at sunset

The Tequila Sunset is very similar to the Tequila Sunrise except it has a deep red tint from the addition of blackberry brandy instead of grenadine. The Tequila Sunset is not as sweet as the Sunrise but it’s still super tasty with all the fruity tanginess you’d expect.

6. Blood Orange Margarita

Blood Orange Margarita with Rosemary

The crimson coloured blood orange juice and cheeky whisper of Campari transform the classic Margarita into something truly special. The Blood Orange Margarita is bolder than our regular orange one and quite a bit sweeter with all the tang. It’s a must-pour when beautiful blood oranges are in season between December and April. We rate it as one of the best orange juice cocktails for sure, especially if you enjoy the bittersweet flavours.

7. Garibaldi

Front View of Garibaldi Cocktail

The Garibaldi cocktail recipe is a speedy 2 ingredient cocktail that pays tribute to Italy’s unification, where the north and south joined forces, in which General Garibaldi was a key figure. This popular bittersweet cocktail is super-easy to blend up with freshly frothed orange juice (originally southern Sicilian oranges) and the iconic Italian aperitif, Campari from the North. This fantastic tangy summer cocktail is served chilled over ice. Cocktail making just cannot get any simpler, especially if you are planning an outdoor cocktail party.

8. Orange Blossom

Orange Blossom Cocktail in a tumbler with mint

This dainty gin cocktail is often the toast at weddings as it symbolizes all the romantic things like eternal love, good luck and fertility but its evergreen charm makes it a perfect serve for any occasion. The Orange Blossom Cocktail is fresh and citrusy with a mix of orange juice, gin and sweet Vermouth. Not only does it taste sublime, but it’s also a very good-looking cocktail too.

9. Screwdriver

Bright orange Screwdriver cocktail

With a name like Screwdriver, one imagines something rather intimidating in the orange juice alcoholic drinks department but don’t be scared off — it’s said to have gotten its name some years ago from folks using a screwdriver to stir it up rather than a spoon. This IBA official cocktail is similar to the Garibaldi but it mixes vodka instead of Campari with OJ for another super-easy 2 ingredient cocktail. Just promise us you’ll avoid mixing it with a rusty screwdriver when making these easy summer cocktails. If you’re feeling adventurous look at our article on how to smoke cocktails, and take your Screwdriver to another dimension.

10. Blood and Sand

Boozy Refreshing Blood and Sand Cocktail

Dating back to the 1930s, this scotch-based cocktail definitely deserves a comeback. The Blood and Sand cocktail is a delightfully sweet and refreshing whisky drink with hints of spice that’s said to turn even whisky haters into fans. The orange juice tames the whisky into a smooth drinking cocktail, making for a stylish aperitif.

11. Sex on the Beach

Two sex on the beach cocktails in hurricane glasses

The Sex on the Beach cocktail may sound a little naughty, but this classic cocktail is all about the tropical beachy feels. It’s a combination of vodka and peach schnapps topped up with freshly squeezed orange juice and cranberry juice. Of course, this raunchy cocktail is a popular request for any hen party.

12. Clockwork Orange

Clockwork orange cocktails with mint on a board

There are a few variations of this drink served up around town, but the simplest one is the one we favour. The Clockwork Orange cocktail is not nearly as controversial as the film but it was inspired by a fan of the movie. To make this after-dinner cocktail, shake together aquavit, coffee, Aperol with simple syrup and bitters. Strain into a lowball glass over a large ice cube and garnish with flamed orange peel before serving.


Wondering what liquor goes with orange juice? We’d have to say that OJ is one of the most popular mixers that goes with most alcohols apart from the creamy ones so mix it up with the likes of gin, rum, tequila, whisky and vodka!

Rum and orange are a perfect match for each other; the sweetness of the OJ blends so well with the mellow, fruitiness of rum.

Whisky and orange juice go really well together as the bold flavours of whisky can stand up well with the vibrance of orange juice. Our Blood and Sands cocktail is one to make if you want to give it a try.

Vodka pairs very well with zesty orange juice, like in a Screwdriver cocktail, as the smooth vodka compliments the zesty juice.

Zesty orange flavour blends really well in cocktails using pretty much any spirit, as well as mixing it with lemon or lime juice for an extra kick. Orange juice and grenadine syrup is also a lovely combination, as well as herbs like mint and rosemary!

Absolutely, tequila and orange juice are a classic combination. Try a Screwdriver or a Tequila Sunrise for this delicious mix.

Orange juice and gin is one of those delicious combinations you’ll want over and over. Our Orange Blossom cocktail is a must try!

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