Blood Orange Gin and Tonic

After a particularly crazy holiday season filled with lots of food and LOTS of booze, I decided to try to out dry January (basically no drinking all of January).  For the most part it was really easy (thanks to the flu) but it becomes crazy apparent, for me at least, how often I drink. Wine is my total drink of choice but when you don't have it, especially when you are out to dinner, it becomes obvious how often you are drinking! So I am not giving up booze completely but I am glad I did this "mostly" dry January because hopefully it will make me more cognizant of how many glasses of wine I am sipping. 

In honor of the dry January is a blood orange gin and tonic. In addition to wine, I also love a good gin and tonics.  By adding blood orange juice and St. Germain it takes it to the total next level. If you can't find blood oranges you can substitute with regular orange juice or just leave out. St. Germain is sold at most liquor stores and it a great way to add a little floral sweetness to cocktails. 

Also, if you are not a fan of gin and tonics, it may because you are used to the old school Schweppes tonic - which is pretty gross. Give Fever-Tree Tonic (my favorite brand) or one of the more recent store bought tonics to hit the market a try - they are so much better tasting than that old Schweppes and you can find them at most grocery stores now. 



Blood Orange Gin and Tonic 

  • 2 oz. gin (your favorite one) 
  • 1 oz. elderflower liquor such as St. Germain 
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice 
  • 4 - 6 oz. tonic (my favorite tonic is Fever Tree) 
  • Garnish with rosemary 

In a glass filled with ice add the gin, elderflower liquor and blood orange juice. Top the drink off with tonic water, as much as you want and garnish with rosemary. 

Makes 1 cocktail.