This blood orange gin fizz is light, refreshing and has a complex, yet still delicate flavor profile thanks to the combination of Empress Gin and Aperol!
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You might also like this blood orange bourbon smash or this pink rose sangria!
What is a Gin Fizz?
A fizz is a simple cocktail that usually contains a spirit, some type of citrus, sugar, and sparkling water! Sometimes a fizz also contains egg white, making it super similar to a sour!
I love a light, gin fizz but you can use whatever liquor you prefer!
You just need a few simple ingredients to make this blood orange gin fizz cocktail!
Empress Gin - You can't have a gin fizz without gin! My favorite gin is this stunning Empress 1908 Gin! It's micro-distilled in small batches with botanicals like juniper, rose, grapefruit peel, and butterfly pea blossoms for an aromatic flavor that just pairs beautifully with blood oranges! Empress Gin gets its beautiful indigo blue color from the butterfly pea flowers and changes color depending on what it's mixed with! So this blood orange gin fizz turns a lovely maroon! Be sure to check out Empress Gin near you!
Aperol - The lightly citrusy flavor of Aperol goes beautifully with the blood oranges! However, you could leave it out or substitute Campari.
Blood Oranges - The beautiful blood oranges are the star of this cocktail! However, any type of oranges (or other citrus like lemon or grapefruit) would work just as well.
Simple Syrup - You can add as little or as much simple syrup as you like but it's totally optional if you prefer a less sweet cocktail!
Angostura Bitters - I like to add a dash or two of either aromatic or orange bitters to add a bit of complexity and enhance the flavor of the blood oranges, but you can leave them out if you prefer!
Club Soda - I like to top this gin fizz with a bit of soda water, but it's also delicious with seltzer or tonic!
how to make simple syrup
I always make my own simple syrup for cocktails because it's so easy and paying for it seems silly to me! You can also add in different herbs or fruit for a delightfully flavored simple syrup.
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup water
- leftover blood orange peels (optional)
- 3 mint leaves (optional)
- Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat. If desired, add in the orange peel and mint as well.
- Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Let cool completely to room temperature, then strain into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid.
- Store in the fridge for up to a month!
This is a great way to add some extra blood orange flavor to your gin fizz!
How to Make an Aperol Gin Fizz
Add ice to a cocktail mixing glass. Then add in the gin, blood orange juice, simple syrup, aperol, and a dash of orange bitters.
Stir to combine and then strain into a glass and top with a splash of soda.
Garnish with blood orange slice and fresh mint.
That's it! Quick, simple, and delicious!
Cocktail Serving Tips
For this simple cocktail you just need a cocktail mixing glass and strainer! You could also shake this cocktail instead of stir in you prefer.
I like to serve this gin fizz in a coupe glass and garnish with blood orange slices and fresh mint. But you could also serve a gin fizz in a stemless wine glass or rocks glass!
Empress gin gets it's indigo color from the addition of butterfly pea blossoms in the distilling process! It makes for a beautiful gin that changes color when other ingredients are added!
Of course not! I love the flavor profile of Empress Gin, but you're welcome to use whatever brand of gin you prefer!
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Blood Orange Gin Fizz
Blood Orange Gin Fizz
- 1 ½ ounce Empress 1908 Gin, substitute your favorite gin
- 2 ounces blood orange juice
- ½ ounce blood orange simple syrup, optional
- ½ ounce Aperol, substitute Campari
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 1-2 ounces club soda, substitute seltzer or tonic
- blood orange slices
- fresh mint
- Add ice to a cocktail mixing glass. Then add in the gin, blood orange juice, simple syrup, aperol, and a dash of orange bitters.
- Stir to combine and then strain into a glass and top with a splash of soda.
- Garnish with blood orange slice and fresh mint.
- That's it! Quick, simple, and delicious!
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