Ginger Blood Orange Cocktail

Ginger Blood Orange Cocktail

I have a thing for ginger beer. I usually use it in cocktails (see here), and in fairly large quantities.

But for this cocktail right hurr, I prefer just a splash. There is some delicious citrus action going on, and it would be a shame to hide it.


Now, I feel I should warn you: this cocktail is really easy to drink.

Plus, it looks festive and celebrates the arrival of the best part of winter: citrus!

Sounds like a great way to kick off a New Year’s Eve party to me…

orange zest and sugar

Or a Saturday afternoon. Whichever.


This cocktail is like a winter margarita, if that’s a thing. You’ve got your tequila, your citrus… but it’s all fancied up and seasonally appropriate.

Speaking of which, let’s have a quick conversation about tequila. There’s a lesson that I learned well into my love/hate relationship with it: make sure the bottle you’re buying says “100% blue agave” on it. Otherwise your awesome night might lead into a decidedly less awesome morning.

You may see cheaper varieties that say something like “made with blue agave” – no percentage. Stay away! Translation: hangover.

cocktail prep

Ok, now that we’ve cleared that up, let’s make some cocktails!

Ginger Blood Orange Cocktails

If you want to make these for a large party (or just make life easier), you could scale up the proportions of blood orange juice, tequila and lime juice, combine them in a pitcher, and stir well. Pour 1/2 cup of this mixture into a prepared glass and top off with a splash of ginger beer.

Cheers to 2013!


Ginger Blood Orange Cocktail

From Food Porn Daily

Below is the recipe straight from the book. I add only a splash of ginger beer, since the kind I keep on hand is extraordinarily strong. I would recommend starting there and working your way up to the 3 ounces in the recipe. Also, while freshly squeezed blood orange juice is super cool, blood oranges can be expensive/hard to find. You can get bottles of blood orange juice at swanky grocery stores like Whole Foods.


For garnishing all drinks:

  • 1/4 cup blood orange juice
  • zest from one blood orange
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • slices of blood orange for garnish (very optional)

For each individual drink:

  • ice
  • 2 ounces blood orange juice
  • 1.5 ounces tequila
  • juice from 1 wedge of lime
  • 3 ounces strong ginger beer


  1. Place 1/4 cup blood orange juice into a bowl. In a separate bowl, combine blood orange zest and sugar.
  2. Dip the rim of a glass into juice first and then into the sugar mixture to coat the rim evenly. Fill the glass with ice.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 cup of ice with 2 ounces blood orange juice, 1.5 ounces tequila, and the juice from a lime wedge. Shake vigorously. Pour into the prepared glass and top off with desired amount of ginger beer (see above). Stir and enjoy!

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5 Responses to “Ginger Blood Orange Cocktail”

  1. Besides wanting to devour this cocktail, I’ve also now learnt why I generally shy away from Tequila. I’ve looked at my bottle and it’s not 100%! No wonder it always reminded me of poison the next day and not the promise of happy drunkenness I would hope for at the time.

    A beautiful cocktail that I would love to hand in my hand right now 🙂

  2. Heide M. says:

    Sounds yummy. I’ll have to try this recipe.

  3. Rosita says:

    I found this great recipe and I want to thank you! Kisses from Italy!


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