Orange Blossom Cocktail

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PREP TIME 10 min

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Top view of an Orange Blossom cocktail in a tumbler, garnished with a sprig of mint, featured on a blue surface with an orange in the background

Get ready to experience the sweet and tart delights of the Orange Blossom Cocktail; a dainty mix of orange juice and gin, sweetened with Vermouth.  Did you know that orange blossom symbolizes eternal love, innocence, good luck, and fertility? It’s the perfect cocktail to serve at bachelorette parties and wedding celebrations and, like many orange juice cocktails, it’s a great choice to serve with a hearty brunch.




Choose fresh juice. Fresh, juicy flavor wins hands down over concentrate, always.


Chill to the max. For a blow your socks off cocktail, chill your ingredients sufficiently.


Shake it up. Your cocktail’s flavors are enhanced by being shaken over ice.



1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Orange juice, freshly squeezed
An orange wedge or peel, to garnish (optional)



Fill a shaker or mason jar with a handful of ice


Pour over the gin, sweet vermouth and orange juice and shake until it’s properly chilled


Strain into a chilled cocktail or highball glass


Garnish with a wedge of orange and enjoy

The 3 ingredients for an Orange Blossom Cocktail

When you need something special to serve up at a moment’s notice, this is a 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.

Popular since Prohibition times when good booze was hard to come by, orange juice and vermouth were originally included to disguise what was then known as bathtub gin. Luckily nowadays, we are spoilt with the variety of gorgeous craft gins. 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 flavor will always guarantee the 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 flavor 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-flavored liqueur 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.

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If you are pouring an 80-proof gin like O’ndina Gin, your Orange Blossom drink is about 15% ABV, and a bit stronger if you are making the version with orange liqueur, which is double ABV to vermouth and on average 30-40% ABV.

An Orange Blossom drink is a very pleasant delicate drink that is both sweet and bitter made with an equal blend of gin, orange juice and vermouth that’s shaken over ice and served in a cocktail glass.

The simple Orange Blossom Cocktail recipe dates back to prohibition times and around 1935, it was written about by Albert Stevens Crockett in a book called "The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book".

An Orange Blossom Cocktail recipe only needs 3 ingredients that are equally poured and shaken over ice, a good quality gin, sweet vermouth and freshly squeezed orange juice.