Blood orange juice is added to a gin fizz, putting a modern twist on this classic cocktail. So refreshing and so pretty!
Does anyone else need a cocktail today? Because I could sure use one! This week seems to be never-ending! I blame the cold. It is March, and the “feels like” temperature is 5 degrees. 5. I walk to and from work everyday, so I get to spend 50 minutes outside in these lovely conditions. If I was back in South Bend, I would expect this kind of weather. But NYC isn’t supposed to be this cold! So…I need a cocktail!
One good thing about winter though is Blood Oranges! I love blood orange juice, and it tastes amazing in this blood orange gin fizz.
I really think there is no prettier fruit than the blood orange. Just look at those colors! Every time I cut into one I get kind of excited.
And blood orange juice tastes amazing in cocktails. It is slightly sweet and slightly tart, which adds such a nice depth of flavor to your drink. I know a gin fizz seems kind of summery, but the addition of blood orange juice makes this more seasonally appropriate. Plus, nothing wrong with pretending it is summer in the winter! Anything to take your mind off the 5 degree weather.
I love when cocktails have something on the rim. It makes them look so pretty, and adds a little something special to the drink. For this blood orange gin fizz, I took the zest of the blood orange and mixed it with some sugar. It adds a little extra sweetness, and the orange color looks great with the bright pink/red cocktail! I also like to garnish with some fresh mint, for a pop of green color. Totally optional, as there is no mint in the actual drink, but it does look really pretty and adds a nice herbal minty aroma to the cocktail.
So get through the workday and then go home an make yourself a blood orange gin fizz – it tastes amazing, and the color will instantly put you in a good mood 🙂
Can I interest you in another cocktail?
Healthy Pineapple Coconut Smoothie (hint – add some rum)