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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. 

Citrus Mocktail

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).

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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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Blood Orange, Tangerine, Thyme Gin & Tonic

Author: Kathleen | The Fresh Cooky
4.50 from 2 votes
A twist on the typical Gin & Tonic, incorporating seasonal fruits and thyme. Blood orange and tangerine enhance this bright and lively cocktail, perfect for a dinner party or a romantic dinner.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Cocktail
Servings 1 drink
Calories 326 kcal


  • 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme, more for garnish
  • 1-1/2 oz gin, omit for mocktail
  • 1/2 blood orange, plus slice for garnish (substitute with a naval orange)
  • 2-2 1/2 oz tangerine juice, or squeeze a tangerine or clementine
  • 1 small bottle tonic water, I like FeverTree or QDrinks
  • Ice


  • 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 1/2 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.

✱ Kathleen’s Tips

MOCKTAIL |Omit gin, increasing the blood orange to a full orange and increasing the tangerine juice and tonic water.
Recipe inspired by A Farmgirl’s Dabbles Cranberry & Thyme Gin & Tonic


Serving: 1 Calories: 326 kcal Carbohydrates: 50 g Protein: 1 g Sodium: 43 mg Fiber: 1 g Sugar: 49 g

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The Fresh Cooky is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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Hi, I’m Kathleen Pope. Here at The Fresh Cooky you will find easy, mostly from-scratch, trusted recipes for all occasions. From speedy dinners to tasty desserts, with easy step-by-step instructions. I am here to help teach you how to make mouthwatering recipes without spending hours in the kitchen. Read more about Kathleen here.

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