Blood Orange Gin Sparkler

The citrus gin cocktail you want to be drinking. It's bright and beautiful - perfect for winter holidays and New Years Eve.

Blood Orange Gin Sparkler

For a good part of the year I have rosemary floating about the kitchen. It's typically crowded in a wide-mouth jar, standing stick-straight, quietly waiting to be called upon. Sometimes it sits on the windowsill here, other times it migrates to the island, or, on rare occasions, the dinner table. I tend to buy a bunch, then work my way through it little by little (you've likely seen it in the background of photos on previous posts). Said another way - rosemary is often in my line of sight, and I'm always looking for ways to use it. This cocktail caught my attention a couple weeks back, and I've been making my own citrus-spiked riff on it in the days since. Blood Orange Gin Sparkler initial idea was that I'd do a winter citrus version using freshly-squeezed pink grapefruit juice, gin, and tonic water or sparkling water. I thought the evergreen notes in the gin would blend nicely with the tart pucker of grapefruit, and I'd take the edge off with a hint of rosemary syrup.

Not meant to be. Gin Sparkler I walked into a box of beautiful Moro blood oranges at the store, and here we are. The blood orange juice worked beautifully, it added a lovely burst of color, and generally lent itself agreeably to what ended up being a long, bright, winter-time quencher. One that goes down a bit too easily, in fact. As I mention down below, if blood oranges are hard for you to come by, this drink is great with navel oranges as well. I mean it when I say, I hope you like this one as much as I do.

Gin Sparkler

I kept thinking the gin / citrus combo would make for a striking DIY cocktail set-up at a holiday party, or New Year's brunch /gathering. Particularly if you offered a selection of juice mixers. I'm imagining small glass pitchers of blood orange juice, pink grapefruit juice, orange juice, oro blanco grapefruit juice, and or sweet lime juice? It would be a beautiful spectrum. Let me know if you give it a go.

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Blood Orange Gin Sparkler

4.46 from 11 votes

You can keep the rosemary simple syrup in the refrigerator for a week or so. You can do this ahead of time. Also, if blood oranges are hard for you to come by - navel oranges are also delicious.

  • 2 cups / 480 ml water
  • 1 cup / 6.5 oz / 185 g sugar
  • 4 tablespoons (~2 sprigs-worth) fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • blood oranges
  • gin
  • ice cubes
  • tonic water (or sparkling water)
  1. Combine the water, sugar, rosemary, and bay in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes, or long enough for the sugar to dissolve, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and let infuse for 10 minutes. Strain into a jar to cool completely.
  2. In the meantime, juice and strain your oranges, you'll need 3 tablespoons / 1.5 ounces of juice for each drink.
  3. To make each drink you're going to combine equal parts gin, juice, and tonic water with a bit of syrup and ice. So, its 3 tablespoons / 1 1/2 oz gin, 3 tablespoons / 1 1/2 oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice, and 1-2 teaspoons of the rosemary syrup in each tall glass (I used kolsch glasses here). Stir to combine, fill each glass 2/3 full with ice and top off with 3 tablespoons / 1 1/2 oz tonic water. Stir again and you're set.
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
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Lovely cocktail, but you may consider reducing the amount of rosemary sugar syrup recommended in the recipe. It made enough for about 40 cocktails Perfect for a warm summer afternoon.


I didn't know a drink could make me so happy. Your drink recipes are pure genius. You've managed to turn this simple beverage into a work of art. It is truly a taste revelation. Cheers to the perfect blend of flavours!

Supriya Kutty

Beautiful, thank you.


looks delish - i LOVE blood orange. side note - i've been looking for glasses like that for a lllllong time, where did you find them??? :)

HS: Hi Nat, I just pick up most of my glassware at flea markets, garage sales, or antiqes shops. These were a recent find.


My husband and I made these together with blood oranges from our neighboorhood's orchard. The rosemary simple syrup is amazing. I wish my whole house could smell like that. This is a wonderful cocktail, and we can't wait to bring a pitcher to our next party


We have made it a few times. I found we like to add a sprig of rosemary and a squeeze of lemon into the final product. We juiced the blood oranges ourselves...yum!

Kimberly B

We made a batch of this tonight to go with our beans and rice dinner. I think the drinks ended up costing more than the food. A++ would drink again.

Paul Wenzel

This looks amazing! I will have to try it out soon :)


I made these for New Years Eve and they were absolutely delish! I found that = parts of the juice, gin and tonic worked great. I did 1/4 cup of each, loaded the glass with ice and used 3 tsp. of the simple syrup...yummy perfect blend and the hint of rosemary was just right. Thanks so much for something different. :)


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