With sorbet and tonic, this Blood Orange Cocktail with gin is refreshing and delicious. It’s a boozy float perfect to serve any time of year.
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This gin sorbet cocktail was originally posted on April 1, 2014. It’s been updated to include better instructions for making at home.
A super refreshing Blood Orange Cocktail
Oh yeah. This cocktail is the perfect combination of a gin and tonic and blood orange sorbet float!
They are perfect for spring, would fit perfectly in at Easter Brunch, but work just as well in the evening as a before-dinner drink.
Yes, I said before dinner. Sorbet is acceptable any time of day, don’t you know.
Even though I’m not a fan of tonic, I love this drink. The blood orange sorbet adds such a nice sweetness and was a nice compliment. The herbal notes of the gin created a perfect pairing.
As blood orange is a citrus, you can pair it with anything that you would typically pair with other citrus such as spices like cinnamon. It also goes really well with tequila, vodka and just about any other liquor.
Blood orange is similar to oranges but with less bold flavor. It also leans a little towards grapefruit. I would say it’s refreshing in cocktails but the real selling point is the cool color it gives.
How to make Blood Orange Gin and Tonic Float
Just a few ingredients and a few minutes is all you need to make this gin float.
Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and more detailed instructions.
- your favorite gin
- blood orange sorbet
- Meyer lemon, juiced
- fresh rosemary
- Club Soda, to top off the drink, if desired
Gin has flavors of herbs and juniper and I think it goes best with the rest of the flavors in this drink. But you could use vodka if you wanted.
I used Jack Rudy tonic syrup, but you can use any other brand. I like the branding and wanted to try this out but it is harder to find. It’s more like a syrup that you pair with club soda for the fizz.
Blood orange sorbet can be hard to find also, so if you want to substitute you could use any other citrus or even a berry flavor would be tasty.
I always favor Meyer lemons if they are around as they smell RIDICULOUSLY good and are a bit of a sweeter flavor than a traditional lemon. But a regular old lemon would be fine.
While I just used the rosemary as a garnish, you can muddle it if you want to infuse the drink with even more flavor.
The addition of the fizz from club soda makes it extra refreshing in my opinion and makes it a bit more like an ice cream float.
Grab a small cocktail glass and add a scoop of your blood orange sorbet.
Add the fresh squeezed juice of half a Meyer lemon.
For real. When you smell this, you will never go back to regular lemons again.
Add your gin, tonic and if using a tonic syrup the club soda.
As I mentioned before, you can use regular tonic and you may not need additional club soda.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.
This drink is just so pretty, right? And I love how you get that amazing whiff of fresh rosemary as you bring the drink to your lips.
These ingredients make this cocktail great for serving at Easter brunch, Mother’s Day, bridal showers and any girl’s night in!
More Boozy Floats
- Beer Floats are a fun way to enjoy beer, just make sure you find a stout with chocolate undertones.
- This 7Up Pineapple Rum Float is tropical in flavor and so yummy!
- This Champagne Float with Strawberry Lemonade is another fruity drink that’s delicious to stip on a warm day.
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- 1 - 1 1/2 oz or your favorite gin
- 3/4 oz of Jack Rudy tonic (which is a syrup and must be used along with club soda)
- One scoop of blood orange sorbet
- Juice of 1/2 of a Meyer lemon
- One sprig of fresh rosemary
- Club Soda, to top off drink
- To a cocktail glass, add one scoop of your favorite sorbet.
- Add gin and tonic syrup.
- Top off with soda water.
- Take rosemary sprig in your hand give it a clap to release some oils.
- Add rosemary sprig to glass and use it to stir.
- Continue to stir as the sorbet melts to add more herb flavor.
The Jack Rudy Tonic is a syrup that is used alongside club soda. You can substitute regular tonic. If you use a regular tonic, it is a personal preference if you want to add more fizz with extra club soda or just leave it out.
You can use regular lemon if you can't find Meyer lemons.
Can't find blood orange sorbet? You can use another citrus flavor or even raspberry or another fruity flavor.
Serving Size1 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 518Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 173mgCarbohydrates 117gFiber 5gSugar 102gProtein 2g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.
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