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The Orange Blossom is a delightful, elegant cocktail made with gin, orange blossom simple syrup, citrus juice, and bitters, floated with sparkling wine. It’s festive and cheery and the perfect drink to celebrate the New Year!
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Here’s a festive little number to ring in the new year- The Orange Blossom! We’ve been sipping on versions of this, throughout the holiday season and enjoying its bright and cheerful disposition.
It is reminiscent of a French 75, but with a few liberties taken. The orange blossom simple syrup adds sweet, citrusy, floral notes that delight the taste buds, and orange bitters add bit of complexity.
Bright, bubbly, and effervescent- it’s the perfect New Year’s Eve cocktail.
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What you will need
- Gin. A good-quality gin will enhance the flavors even more. Look for gin with citrusy or floral notes like Japanese Roku Gin, The Botanist Gin, or Citadelle Jardin D’Ete Gin.
- Orange blossom simple syrup. The star of the recipe! It adds a sweet, floral flavor with a citrus fragrance to the cocktail. You can purchase Orange Blossom Simple Syrup or make it from scratch- see recipe notes.
- Blood orange bitters. Just a tiny bit goes a long way. Just 3-4 drops will add a distinctive complexity to your drink. Or sub-orange bitters.
- Sparkling wine. Like a French 75, the cocktail is floated with a pour of sparkling wine. Use prosecco, champagne, cava or a sparkling rose if you like.
- Sugared Rim. Golden sugar is pretty here- try cocktail sugar or demerara sugar.
- Garnish. Dried citrus slices. These are optional but fun. See notes on how to make.
How to make an orange blossom cocktail
Fill a shaker with ice and add the gin, orange blossom syrup, bitters, and lime juice..
Shake until the shaker is cold to the fingers. (About 15-30 seconds.)
Rim your favorite cocktail glasses with festive cocktail sugar. Rub a lime around the rim of the glass, then dip the glass into the sugar ( you can pour sugar on a small plate).
Pour the cold cocktail into the rimmed glasses. Top with sparkling wine.
Then add the garnish using dried orange peels, chrysanthemum, eucalyptus, rosemary, mint, or any edible flower or herbs.
Orange Blossom Simple Syrup can be purchased on Amazon. Also, check your local liquor store.
Yes! Mix equal parts orange blossom water and honey (or sugar), with orange zest, heat until combined, and chill.
Yes. You can use Seedlip brand grove or garden as a non-alcoholic substitute for gin. Use bubbly water instead of champagne.
Yes. You can mix up a big batch of the gin, orange blossom simple syrup and citrus juice ahead and refrigerate. when ready to serve, divide among glasses and top with sparkling wine.
The Orange Blossom is a delightful and elegant cocktail made with orange blossom simple syrup, gin, citrus juice, with a champagne float. It’s the perfect drink to celebrate the New Year!
- 1–ounce gin
- 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice, lemon juice, or Meyer lemon juice
- 3/4– 1 ounce orange blossom simple syrup (or see notes to make your own)
- optional: a few drops blood orange bitters (or orange bitters)
- 2–3 ounce sparkling wine- cava, prosecco, or sparkling rose
- Optional: sugar for rimming your glasses (Demerara sugar is pretty)
- Optional: dried citrus slices- tangerines, mandarins ( see notes)
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Add gin, orange blossom simple syrup, a few drops bitters, and lime or lemon juice.
- Shake well.
- Rim your favorite cocktail glass with sugar- use a citrus wedge to moisten the rim of the cocktail glass, then dip the glass into the sugar (place sugar on a small plate or shallow bowl).
- Pour the cocktail into the glass.
- Float with sparkling wine, and garnish using dried citrus slices, chrysanthemum, eucalyptus, rosemary, mint, or any edible flower or herbs.
- Dried citrus slices-Make these ahead- slice mandarines or tangerines into, 1/4 inch slices, place on a parchment-lined sheet pan, and place in the oven on the lowest setting, 150F-170F overnight for about 8 hours.
- Orange Blossom Simple Syrup- Mix equal parts honey (or sugar) and orange blossom water in a small pot, add some big slices of orange zest, and heat over low heat, just until combined. Cool. You can make this ahead.
- Tip: Make a tester. Taste, and adjust the simple syrup and citrus to your personal preference. You’ll need more simple syrup if using lime juice, and less if you use Meyer lemon.
- Make ahead/ Batching: Once you fine-tune your tester, you can make a big batch of the gin/ simple syrup/ citrus and bitters and refrigerate. To serve, divide among sugar-rimmed glasses and top with champagne.
- Serving Size: one cocktail
- Calories: 162
- Sugar: 13.1 g
- Sodium: 0.5 mg
- Fat: 0.1 g
- Saturated Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 15.2 g
- Fiber: 0.1 g
- Protein: 0.1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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