Blood Orange Gin and Tonics
These Blood Orange Gin and Tonics are a delicious spin on a classic cocktail – just add some seasonal citrus and fresh thyme for explosive flavour!
Can you tell I'm excited?!
I have literally been like a cooped up old lady recently. I'm fully recovered from a cold, and it's March – meaning not only will I have my student loans paid off in like 6 weeks but it will also be Daylight Savings soon and we will get glorious sunlight until, like, 7:30 at night. I am just SO excited about life right now. Isn't that what Friday tends to do for you? You're just excited to have made it through another work week and looking forward to all the relaxing and fun plans you have for the weekend?
And today I'm even more excited because I'm bringing you some juicy Blood Orange Gin and Tonics that are seriously incredible and I'm not gonna lie, I'm probably gonna have about three of these tonight alongside the Doritos Taco Salad that I'll be shooting later on today. Good food, great drinks, a giant comfy couch – I just can't wait. That's my kind of start to the weekend!
So, blood oranges are pretty much my new love in life – and like most things I've ever loved, they come in and out of my life for a short time each year so they are very precious.
People, I've got a fling going with winter citrus.
I seriously have problems.
But honestly, if you've never had a blood orange before, now's the time to try. They appear at the end of January each year and disappear around mid-March. They're somewhat less sweet than their navel counterparts but I loooooooove the subtle taste that the over-rippened, really deep blood red oranges have. I'm even later than I planned in getting these Blood Orange Gin and Tonics on the blog considering I have had so many of them lately, but there's still time for you get out there and down some.
Plus it's Friday. TGIF WOOOOOO HOOOOO!
When I was in university, I made sure to choose a schedule that always gave me Fridays off, and I also would request the day off from whichever minimum wage retail job I happened to be working at the time. I looked at Fridays as a great day to get a bunch of work done that I didn't have time for during the week.
I would literally bang out all my homework, wrap up last minute assignments, sneak an early workout in and then get ready for whatever the night had to bring. I seriously miss those times when I was a bit more carefree and didn't have to worry about work deadlines or diversifying my income.
The only future I really had to think about was my plans for that night, and that usually involved a few cocktails and laughs with friends – whether we stayed in to cook and drink or went out for a night on the town, I miss those times when I was truly the girl about town, always on the go and down for a ton of adventure.
I think your mid-twenties bring with them more responsibility and more of an awareness of your future. Things get more serious, and your passions (whether they're hobbies or professional endeavours) are what drive you forward and keep you going.
But that is not to say you have to become all dried up and never have fun anymore 😉 I have honestly been struggling with that life balance because nowadays on Friday nights I'm lucky if I'm awake at 11pm. The work week just knocks the energy right out of me – but in the best way possible.
I know now that I have the ability to dedicate myself to some very cool projects and I get to work on things that I'm truly passionate about, like this blog, and it makes me exhausted and fulfilled and bursting with happiness in all the craziest ways possible.
And learning about what I don't know excites me. It's funny because I've only been out of school for like 6 months working full time and I feel like I have learned more in the past few months than I ever did in the years I was in school. University helped me have the open mind and political views that I have today to be fair, and it's made me realize that people's life situations are complicated by varying social factors. I will always appreciate the life view it has given me, and the fun times I had and all the friends I met.
But it certainly did not prepare me for concrete skills, and sometimes I wonder if 7 years of university was worth it.
Did I mention this is why I'm drinking all the Blood Orange Gin and Tonics?
Will you be whipping up some of these Blood Orange Gin and Tonics tonight?
I would absolutely love to hear your thoughts on my newest favourite cocktail. When blood orange season runs out, try adding grapefruit juice to the equation, or some regular old oranges will also do. I am beyond in love with anything G&T!
If you try any of my recipes be sure to let me know on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or in the comments – I’d love to see what you create!?
Blood Orange Gin and Tonics
- 2 blood oranges, juiced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 6 oz gin
- 3 cans tonic water
- 4 large square ice cubes
- 4 sprigs thyme
- Add cocktail glasses to the freezer and let sit until you're ready to make and serve your drinks.
- Juice blood oranges and limes and run the juice through a fine mesh sieve. This is an optional step but just keeps all the pulp from the citrus out, resulting in a smoother cocktail!
- Remove glasses from freezer and add a square ice cube to each glass, then add 1.5oz of gin to each glass, along with 1 oz of the blood orange-lime juice mixture. Top with tonic water and garnish with a sprig of thyme. Enjoy!