The Little Epicurean

Feb 25 2016

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

I can’t get enough of the prettiness that is blood orange. Every year when they make their appearance, I load up on pounds and pounds of this beautiful and delicious fruit. While there are numerous varieties, the moro blood orange is my favorite. It’s the super rich crimson ones I used for this blood orange elderflower gin cocktail.

(Side note: I know I’m terrible at naming drinks. All the good ones are taken. Plus, it’s better for SEO when I’m not creative with the cocktail naming. Right?) 

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Without the blood orange juice, this cocktail looks so dainty and very spring-like. It looks like the kind of cocktail served at a ladies brunch held in some well manicured garden. It tastes very clean and fresh, almost like a white sangria.

There’s something so exciting about adding in the blood orange juice.

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Once you pour in the juice, the cocktail comes to life. It becomes alive with vibrancy and allure. At first, this elderflower gin cocktail seems shy and simple, the girl next door vibe. But once you add that pop of red, the rich color takes over the entire drink. It becomes that strong kind of woman that walks into a room and commands the respect and attention of everyone in sight. I like the latter.

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

During college I was all about gin and tonic. I loved the light floral and crisp notes of gin. Some ten years later, I’ve continue to love and appreciate the subtle intricacies of gin. And more importantly, I learned how well it plays with another favorite of mine, St. Germain.

St. Germain is a French liqueur flavored with elderflower. IT IS DELICIOUS. And if I could, I would add of splash of it to everything. (Yes, it’s definitely going to be part of my signature cocktail for the wedding!) It adds a sweet fruitiness that’s difficult to explain. However, its taste can be best compared to lychee (which is why I add St. Germain in my lychee sangria.)

Cheers, friends!

Print Recipe

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Yield: makes 1 (multiply as needed)


  • 1 oz gin
  • 3/4 oz St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 2 1/2 oz ginger ale
  • 1 oz blood orange juice


In a serving glass, combine gin, St. Germain, lime juice, and ginger ale. Top glass with ice. Slowly pour in blood orange juice. Garnish with blood orange slices and fresh lemon thyme sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately.

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Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail

10 Responses to “Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail”

  1. February 27, 2016
    11:13 pm
    Alex says...

    I got to taste this drink before I went to work. It was almost too good to put down, but I had too. I need this again: on my day off!

  2. October 12, 2016
    11:29 pm

    Blood orange is so popular this season, I love this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  3. December 5, 2016
    5:05 pm

    i just came across these beauties on pinterest & they are so gorgeous. st germaine & blood orange are two of my favorite things ever. i will be trying as soon as blood oranges are back in season!!

  4. December 12, 2016
    4:24 pm
    Destiny says...

    Could you use vodka for this instead of gin??

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Yes, vodka also works. I prefer gin because the floral notes really pair well with the elderflower :)

  5. March 7, 2017
    1:37 pm
    Gaby B says...

    Can this be made without ginger ale? I can’t have carbonated drinks anymore.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      The ginger ale adds sweetness to think drink. Perhaps you can add pineapple juice or apple juice.

  6. March 10, 2017
    5:20 am
    Ana says...

    I would love to make this drink but you don’t explain how to make the blood orange juice.

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      You can buy blood oranges at the market (or farmers market), slice them in half and squeeze out the juice (or use a juicer).

  7. April 23, 2017
    8:10 am
    Myrt says...

    Thanks for this!

    I would substitute elderflower or rose/elderflower presse (e.g., Belvoir) for the ginger ale and skip the lime juice. Meyer lemon also goes very nicely with blood orange instead of lime. If you have access to a tree, a blood orange blossom garnish is nice.

    I grow both blood oranges (Moros) and roses. The characteristic taste of St Germain is the cis-rose oxide chemical from the elderflowers. It’s the same molecule in lychee, Gewürztraminer grapes/wine and some roses (hence the name). I believe the St Germain process uses high-tech chromatography to get the pure cis-rose oxide note. The other elderflower liqueurs out there use older technology and taste plantier. Sometimes (with quince-rose hip syrup) the coarser taste is better. I also infuse gin with the same rose petals (Francis Dubreuil/Barcelona) that I use to make rose syrup.

    My rose martini recipe is 2oz rose-infused Hendricks gin, 1/2-1oz St Germain, 1/2 oz rose syrup. Shake over ice, serve up with a rose garnish.

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