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Blood Orange Cocktail with Gin and Sorbet Recipe


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 and it’s ready in just minutes!

Close up of a cocktail with sorbet and a rosemary sprig.

Even though I’m not a fan of tonic, I love this drink. Sure, I’ll sip a Blackberry Gin and Tonic from time to time. But since I have a sweet tooth (boy, do I love my desserts!) I much prefer a spiked float!

A super refreshing Blood Orange Cocktail

Oh yeah. This cocktail is the perfect combination of a gin and tonic and blood orange sorbet float!

The blood orange sorbet adds such a nice sweetness and is a nice compliment to the herbal notes of the gin.

This sorbet cocktail is 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.

And while it’s great in summer on a hot day, you really can drink this any time of year. It’s one of my favorite cocktails to make for friends.

And, of course, you can make this into a mocktail if you prefer. Just leave the gin out! Or use non-alcoholic gin like I did in my Non-Alcoholic Gin and Tonic.

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Ingredients to make a boozy float with blood orange sorbet.

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.

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.

If you use regular tonic, you can probably skip the club soda noted above. Just give it a taste and make that determination.

Blood orange sorbet can be hard to find also, so if you want to substitute you could use any other citrus or even raspberry 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.

How to make Blood Orange Gin and Tonic Float

A cocktail cup holding blood orange sorbet next to a bottle of tonic.

1. Add a scoop of blood orange sorbet

You can make this drink in a small or tall glass. Since there is gin in this cocktail, you may want to start small.

And as I said before, if you can’t find blood orange sorbet, use whatever flavor you want. You could even do rainbow sherbet if you wanted!

A meyer lemon on a table next to a sprig of rosemary and a bottle of club soda.

2. Add juice of half a Meyer lemon

For real. When you smell this, you will never go back to regular lemons again. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is best! (This is my favorite citrus squeezer!)

A cocktail cup on a table with a boozy float on it.

3. Add gin, tonic and club soda

As I mentioned before, you can use regular tonic and you may not need additional club soda.

4. Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary

These ingredients (especially the sorbet!) make this cocktail great for serving at Easter brunch, Mother’s Day, bridal showers and any girl’s night in!

Frequently Asked Questions

What goes well with blood orange?

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.

What does blood orange taste like

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.

Top of a cocktail cup with a gin and tonic with blood orange sorbet and a rosemary garnish.

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.

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Gin Float with Blood Orange Sorbet

This Blood Orange Cocktail with gin is super refreshing thanks to a scoop of sorbet! Part gin and tonic and part boozy float, this easy drink is great for spring and beyond.
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Course: cocktails
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 271kcal
Servings: 1 serving


  • 1 – 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Jack Rudy tonic which is a syrup and must be used along with club soda
  • 1 scoop blood orange sorbet
  • .75 ounces Meyer lemon juice (juice from one half a lemon)
  • sprig 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: 1Servings | Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.5g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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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.

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  1. This float looks and sounds absolutely amazing! The pictures are stunning too. My husband and I love St. George gin! I am going to make this! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Have you tried the kina tonic? It’s my particular favorite. I think it can even be purchased on amazon.

      1. It has an orange taste to it so I have a feeling you will like it.

  3. I’m a little obsessed with blood oranges right now and THIS is right up my alley! Can’t wait to try it!

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