Citrus Sophisticate Blood Orange Gin Cocktail



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Good For:

New Orleans, farm-to-table dinners, or any warm summer evening


Citrus Sophisticate

There’s something I just love about drinks served in a coupe glass. Especially when they have a gorgeous slice of fresh blood orange floating perfectly centered on top. Just looking at it makes me happy.

But then, when you take a sip and you get a hint of basil and a lilting dance of that devlish little green fairy, absinthe? Something magical happens. Definitely my favorite blood orange gin cocktail to date…and I hope it will become one of yours too. 

Let’s Get Shakin’


Raff Distillerie’s Emperor Norton Absinthe

2oz Death’s Door Gin

¾ oz St. George Spirit’s Basil Eau de Vie

½ oz freshly squeezed blood orange juice

½ oz freshly squeezed lime juice

½ oz simple syrup

One thin round slice of blood orange to garnish


Prepare your glass with an absinthe wash. Pour a touch of absinthe into the glass, swirl it around to coat and discard remaining liquid. Set glass aside.

Add gin, basil eau de vie, blood orange juice, lime juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Put on lid and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour into prepared glass. Gently float the blood orange slice on top to garnish.

…but am I going to like it?

Getting to know your palate, what you like, and what you don’t like is a critical part of being a great craft tippler AND key to becoming a great home bartender as well!

So before you break out that barware and buy the key ingredients, here’s a little guidance on what to expect from this cocktail so you can start to hone in on exactly what elements of cocktails you enjoy and which you’d prefer to minimize.  This helps you order new cocktails you love when you’re out on the town better as well! 

  • Sweet 20% 20%
  • Sour 35% 35%
  • Spiritous 50% 50%
  • Refreshing 60% 60%
  • Complex/Funky/Unique 70% 70%

Let me know what you discover, or if you would have rated it differently in the comments below…

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