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Always bought shop bought flavored gin? Think again…
Buying lots of different flavors of gin can become quite expensive.
So what if you could make your own?
That’s exactly what we’ve done, we’ve made our very own blood orange gin and it’s totally delicious!
Imagine yourself with a delicious glass of blood orange gin and tonic in your hand.
It doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter, a good gin and tonic is wonderful any time of the year!
This is definitely a recipe for gin lovers, it’s gorgeous fruity blood orange gin taste means that it deserves a place on your gin menu!
How are blood oranges made?
The blood orange has a creepy sounding name because of the color of its bright red flesh.
It’s perfectly natural though and it’s due to a mutation and the fact that it has anthocyanins pigment, which is quite unusual in citrus fruits.
When are the oranges in season?
The blood orange is not an all year round citrus fruit.
The season runs from December to May but if you want the super dark variety called Moro, then you are looking at a two-month window of just January and February.
So if you want to taste this fresh citrus, then you’ll need to do it early in the year.
Can you flavor your own gin?
Absolutely! It’s very easy and tastes great.
Follow our instructions and you can’t go wrong.
We flavor a lot of our own gin, besides blood orange gin, we’ve made raspberry and mango, strawberry, blackberry and lemon.
We also flavor our own vodka too, vodka is another drink that is great for mixing and infusing flavors of fresh, in-season fruit.
Does this gin taste nice?
We certainly think so! Blood orange gin is a refreshing orange flavour and is great with tonic or as an ingredient for cocktails.
Do I need any special equipment ?
No, not at all.
Not a food processor, blender, cocktail shaker or any specialist equipment.
Just your everyday kitchen essentials.
All you’ll need is a sharp knife, chopping board and a large jar to put the orange slices and gin in to infuse.
That’s it, super easy and super cheap.
What brand of gin do I need to make my own flavored gin?
Making your own flavored gin can be as cheap or expensive as you make it.
We recommend using one that you love, that will become a great base for your blood orange gin.
How do you make blood orange gin?
The good news is that this recipe is easy to make. Very, very easy!
You’ll need a little patience though, as the flavours take a couple of weeks to infuse but when they have, then you’ll be rewarded with a delicious blood orange drink which is perfect for summer days and vibrant cocktails.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to buy your blood oranges.
Buying your blood oranges when they are in season is recommended, as fruit in season is always at its most cost effective.
You’ll need eight fresh and ripe blood oranges. Roughly chop them into slices.
Pour 750ml of gin into a sterilised jar and add in 55g of sugar and give the mixture a good stir.
Next add in your blood oranges slice by slice, making sure that the gin covers all of the slices.
Make sure that the jar isn’t over filled, you don’t want any spillages!
If you want an extra level of citrus fruit flavor, then you could use the freshly squeezed blood orange juice from an additional orange.
Then it’s a waiting game as now your gin needs to infuse the orange flavors. Usually, this will take around two weeks.
You’ll need to stir the gin each day.
When it’s ready, your blood orange gin will have turned a wonderful deep color and smell divine.
You’ll need to remove the slices and then double strain the gin.
We recommend that you double strain the drink so that you remove some of the citrus remnants but if you love these, then only strain it once.
Pour it into a bottle which is suitable for storing alcohol.
Now your gorgeous light gin is ready to drink and you’re going to love it!
Serve it in a gin glass, with ice and of course, tonic water or ginger ale.
Don’t forget to garnish your cocktail with a blood orange slice and a sprig of rosemary or thyme – cheers!
Do I need to use simple syrup?
While some recipes call for simple syrup, we didn’t use it.
We added sugar straight to the gin and orange mixture and it worked a treat.
Are all gins vegan?
The good news is that most gins are actually vegan. However, not all are, so it’s really important to check the ingredients to ensure that it’s vegan friendly.
What cocktails can I make with orange gin?
Blood orange gin and tonic is a great place to start.
Ginger ale also tastes really great with this orange gin.
If you are looking for a super blood orange taste, then try this gin with freshly squeezed blood orange juice – it tastes lovely!
If you fancy a little fizz with your blood orange gin, then why not top it up with a little prosecco or champagne?
What is the best mixer for orange gin?
Everyone has their favorite mixer brands, so we won’t talk about those.
Our favorite mixers for our blood orange gin recipe is either ginger ale or an aromatic tonic water.
What glasses should I use for gin?
Is there such a thing as the perfect gin glasses?
Filling a glass with a gorgeous gin and tonic with chunks of ice is a very satisfying thing to do.
If you ask different gin lovers what their favorite glasses are, you’ll probably get a few different answers.
A tall Tom Collins glass is the traditional glass but you’ll see gin being served in balloon glasses, gin goblets, stemless gin glasses, gin tumblers and a whole host more.
Serve your blood orange gin in a glass that feels right for you and your guests.
What garnish goes with gin?
Garnish really does finish off your gin and the obvious choice has to be a slice of fresh blood orange.
You could also garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary or thyme.
Over to you
Want to try your hand at making this gorgeous citrus gin?
You’ll find instructions and a full list of ingredients below.
If you are an international visitor who uses the US customary, then welcome, if you press the toggle button below the ingredients list, you’ll have an instant conversion – sweet!
We’d love to hear your feedback on our recipes, so please do leave a comment and let us know what you thought.
Blood orange gin
- 8 Blood oranges
- 1¼ pints Gin
- ¼ cup Sugar
- Steralise a large jar
- Pour your gin into the jar
- Add the sugar and stir
- Roiughly chop your blood oranges into slices
- Place the slices into the jar, ensuring that all of the oranges are covered
- Leave to infuse for 2 weeks, stirring briefly each day
- Remove the orange slices and double strain the gin into bottles
- Serve in a glass with ginger ale or tonic water with ice
- Garnish with an orange wheel and fresh rosemary
- Zingy and orangey – cheers and enjoy!
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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