Love a fancy cocktail? Savory rosemary and sweet blood orange come together to make one sophisticated gin and tonic. At the same time, this blood orange-rosemary gin and tonic is approachable and simple to make for even novice mixologists.
Something about fresh herb cocktails makes me feel extra fancy. Maybe it's the pretty garnish. Or perhaps it's the modern twist fresh herbs give to classic cocktail recipes. Whatever it is, I'm on board.
I also love how the blood orange gives this drink such a dainty shade of pink. I'm a sucker for all things blush pink, and my cocktails are no exception. Plus, that pretty pink adds to that sophisticated vibe as far as I'm concerned.
And who doesn't love serving company the prettiest of pretty cocktails? To me, a good-looking cocktail always adds to the evening.
Before we start, let's make sure we have all ingredients on hand. Here's what you need to make this blood orange gin and tonic.
- Fresh rosemary sprigs
- Freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- Tonic water
This fresh herb cocktail starts with a rosemary simple syrup. New to making simple syrup? No problem. They call it simple for a reason. Simmer equal parts water and sugar, throw in a few rosemary sprigs and keep stirring to dissolve the sugar. Within minutes, you're on your way to a tasty drink.
If you have time to make the syrup ahead, I definitely recommend it. I like to give my flavored simple syrups time to steep for an extra boost of flavor, but sometimes you need a cocktail ASAP. Believe me --- I've been there.
I took a sip of the rosemary simple syrup within a few minutes of steeping, and it's plenty delicious. You can always take what you need for this round of drinks and allow the syrup to continue to steep if you're in a time crunch.
Once the rosemary simple syrup is ready, the rest of our mixing couldn't be easier. We simply add the rosemary simple syrup to a glass with the freshly squeezed blood orange juice, gin, lime juice and ice. Now we give it a stir and then top with our sparkling tonic water.
Just like that, our blood orange gin and tonic is ready for our sipping pleasure.
This blood orange gin and tonic is made for a salmon dish. Halibut is great if you're feeling high class. Oh, and imagine how the citrus and would liven up some roast chicken. If you have a sweet tooth, it pairs well with vanilla pudding or panna cotta. The carbonation from the tonic cuts through the heavy cream, and the blood orange and lime meld nicely with the vanilla.
When you need an extra fancy cocktail, I hope you try this blood orange gin and tonic. With one sip, I'm sure you'll instantly fall in love.
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Blood Orange-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
- Small saucepan
Rosemary Simple Syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- A few fresh rosemary sprigs
Blood Orange-Rosemary Gin and Tonic
- 2 ounces gin
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice about ½ lime
- 4 ounces freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1 ounce rosemary simple syrup
- 4 ounces tonic water
- Prepare the rosemary simple syrup by simmering the sugar, water and rosemary in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir frequently to dissolve the sugar. As soon as the sugar dissolves, remove from heat.
- If you have some time, let the syrup steep for an hour for an extra punch of rosemary. But if you don't have time, it's tasty right off the stove. Just give the syrup a few minutes to cool.
- Fill highball glass with desired amount of ice. Pour in the gin, tonic water, lime juice, blood orange juice and simple syrup. Give it a stir. Serving with a sprig of rosemary never hurt anyone.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.