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.
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!
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.
Pour in your gin. Psst, got one of these mini measuring cups? I have two and use them all-the-time!
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…
Squeeze ½ of a blood orange (you can substitute a naval orange or a ruby red grapefruit if you can’t find a blood oranges).
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.
Finish it off by filling up the rest of the glass with tonic water, I love FeverTree Naturally Light Tonic or QDrinks Tonic.
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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Blood Orange, Tangerine, Thyme Gin & Tonic
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- 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme more for garnish
- 1-½ oz gin omit for mocktail
- ½ blood orange plus slice for garnish (substitute with a naval orange)
- 2-2 ½ oz tangerine juice or squeeze a tangerine or clementine
- 1 small bottle tonic water I like FeverTree or QDrinks
- In a highball glass, place a couple of sprigs of thyme and muddle (crush) the thyme against the bottom of the glass.
- If desired, remove the thyme before proceeding. Measure and pour gin into glass. Fill glass with ice. Squeeze ½ of blood orange over ice.
- Pour in tangerine juice. Fill up glass with tonic water. Garnish with slice of blood orange and sprig of thyme.