Orange Blossom cocktail recipe
When you need something special to serve up at moment’s notice, this is super easy drink to make with just three ingredients. The combination of orange juice and gin is quite rare in a cocktail, but the swirl of sweet vermouth is the perfect bridge that balances the acidity. We recommend Cinzano Rosso with its spicy botanicals and complex bittersweet twist for our Orange Blossom cocktail recipe.
A perfect post-prohibition gin to choose is O’ndina Gin, which is a small batch gin made in true Italian Riviera spirit, with 19 botanicals including Ligurian basil and Sicilian citrus fruits that complement the orange juice in this cocktail.
To make this simple zesty Orange Blossom drink, simply shake all the ingredients over ice to chill and strain into a highball or cocktail glass. For a simple garnish, add a wedge of orange or a twist of peel.
Tips on making a great Orange Blossom cocktail
Choose fresh juice. Using freshly squeezed juice over concentrate will always win hands down when making up a cocktail. The fresh and juicy flavour will always guarantee best results.
Chill out to the max. So often the temperature can be the difference between an average and a blow your socks off cocktail, so chill your ingredients sufficiently, either before pouring or over ice when you shake it as it helps to enhance the flavour and blend them together. For bonus points, chill your glass in the freezer ahead of time.
Alternative twists to update a traditional Orange Blossom cocktail
If you’re looking for a twist on the classic Orange Blossom cocktail recipe, we’ve got some ideas on how to change it up:
Up the orange. Try making this cocktail with a triple sec orange-flavoured liqueur (Grand Marnier is delish) instead of vermouth for an extra zesty drink. You can also add grenadine syrup with the gin and orange juice.
Try it with pink gin. To make a version with extra zing, choose Bickens Premium Pink Gin, which is a tangy grapefruit infused gin. If grapefruit is your jam, you can even swap out the orange juice for grapefruit juice.