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Tangerine and Thyme Gin & Tonic

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A traditional Gin & Tonic is cool and crisp, brightly flavored, a splash of citrus and a little woodsy. For the Tangerine and Thyme Gin & Tonic version; you’ll add the perky sweetness of a blood oranges along with the mellow citrus tones of tangerines, the piney hint of thyme and you have the makings of a lovely winter cocktail.

NOTE: 21+ This recipe contains alcohol, please be responsible. 

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Easily convert this to a non-alcoholic drink. Increase the tangerine juice and tonic, omitting the gin!

I have a thing for Gin & Tonics*; probably because it was my Dad’s favorite drink. I miss him!

Tangerines and Blood Oranges are in season! Last week I bought a bag of blood oranges and a bottle of tangerine juice from Trader Joes; I thought they would be so pretty made into a specialty gin and tonic. So I tinkered around last night and came up with these beauties!

Start by placing a couple sprigs of thyme, then muddle (crushing) it, I was lazy and just used the end of my knife, if you have one, use a muddler.

BARTENDERS TIP: My husband didn’t like all the little bits of thyme in the drink, so once muddled, scoop the pieces out, if desired. The oils will cling to the glass.

Muddling Thyme for cocktail  | thefreshcooky.com

Pour in your gin. Psst, got one of these mini measuring cups? I have two and use them all-the-time!

Pouring gin for tangerine and thyme cocktail | thefreshcooky.com

Fill the glass with ice, or use one of these fun ice molds, they melt nice and slow and roll around in the glass! It’s the simple things in life…

Cocktail ice in glass | thefreshcooky.com

Squeeze 1/2 of a blood orange (you can substitute a naval orange or a ruby red grapefruit if you can’t find a blood oranges).

Blood Orange, Tangerine, Thyme Gin & Tonic | www.thefreshcooky.com #ginandtonic #bloodorange #thyme #cocktails

Pour in a healthy splash of tangerine juice (found at Trader Joes & specialty stores), if you pour slowly you might get a pretty little separation of the colors. Substitute with orange juice if you cannot find, or squeeze 1-2 tangerines or clementines.

Pouring tangerine juice for cocktail | thefreshcooky.com

Finish it off by filling up the rest of the glass with tonic water, I love FeverTree Naturally Light Tonic or QDrinks Tonic.

Pouring tonic water into cocktail | thefreshcooky.com

Garnish with a twist of thyme…I like to tie a loose “knot” in the sprig.

…add a slice of blood orange to the edge of the glass as a garnish, serve immediately.

This recipe for Tangerine & Thyme Gin and Tonic was inspired by A Farmgirls Dabbles Cranberry Thyme Gin & Tonics. The bright colors drew me in…give it a try as well!

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