Whether it’s blood orange season or not, you will want to try this simple Sugar Free Blood Orange Gin cocktail! It’s so refreshing, delicious and easy to make. We start with a super simple to make sugar free simple syrup, lemon juice, freshly squeezed blood orange juice and gin.
We’re very into making super tasty and refreshing cocktails sugar free! It’s so easy to swap out traditional simple syrup with a sugar free version. This lessens the caloric impact on alcoholic drinks. Bonus points that it’s easier on your blood sugar too!
We’ll walk you through how simple it is to make these blood orange cocktails! If you love gin and tonic, you will love this drink recipe made with your favorite winter citrus. Fresh blood oranges have such an incredible flavor, and color.
Keep reading for all of our tips and tricks for making this recipe at home! Or, you can skip right to the recipe card. If there are things you’re curious about, be sure to read through the body of the post. We’ve answered a lot of common questions.
Here’s What’s In a Sugar Free Blood Orange Gin Cocktail:
- Sugar free simple syrup – We make our own sugar free simple syrup all the time! It’s so easy to do so, with just a little water and allulose sweetener. You can use any sugar free sweetener you prefer. but just be aware that allulose is the only sweetener that won’t crystallize when cold. Keep reading to learn how to make it.
- Blood orange juice – We will grab some fresh blood oranges, and get the juice out of them! We like to use a citrus reamer, over a metal sieve to strain out the pulp. The crimson color juice is sweet and packed with Vitamin C. The blood orange juice is the element of the drink that adds sugar and carbs.
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice – This tart citrus balances out the sweet blood orange juice to make a perfect combo. As always, fresh is always best.
- Gin of choice – We opted for the gorgeous indigo Empress 1908 gin. You’ve probably noticed that we use Empress in a lot of our cocktails. You should try this summer herb gin and tonic, or this purple people eater cocktail. Empress is favorite, but you can definitely just use whatever you prefer here.
- Thyme sprigs and blood orange slices for garnish. Optional obviously, but it makes the cocktail super gorgeous. Thyme also infuses a nice taste and scent into your drink. You could also top this drink with seltzer water or club soda for a little fizz!
Is Gin Gluten Free?
So, what is gin made of you ask? We’ll cut to the chase here to let you know that gin is gluten free and celiac safe! Most distilled gins are pure, and although though are made with wheat, barley or rye, they are considered gluten free because of the distillation process.
Is Gin Vegan?
Yes, gin is vegan! You may be pleased to hear that most hard liquors of all types are vegan. Almost every time of spirit, including vodka, bourbon, whiskey, rum and gin are vegan.
Just make sure to read labels, as sometimes there are additives in liqueurs. For example, anything with added honey or dairy would or course not be considered vegan.
The Best Herbs To Pair With Blood Orange in This Blood Orange Gin Cocktail:
Truthfully any of your favorite herbs would work well here. We love savory herbs like thyme and rosemary with blood orange! But you could use your favorite fresh herbs, like basil or cilantro.
How To Make Sugar Free Simple Syrup:
We advise sweetening this blood orange gin cocktail to taste with the homemade sugar free simple syrup. We use allulose for most of our simple syrups, because it is amazing and it won’t crystallize like other sweeteners.
Feel free to use other sweeteners to make a simple syrup, but we have to warn you that they won’t work the same. We really only have experience with allulose. It is slightly less sweet than sugar, so when making simple syrup, add 1 and 1/3 cup for every 1 cup of water to achieve the sweetness level of sugar.
To prepare it, simply bring the water to a boil in a sauce pan, then immediately take off the heat and stir in the allulose. Make sure it dissolves completely. That’s it. Just pour it into an airtight container (like a glass jar) and make sure it cools fully before mixing up drinks with it.
This simple syrup will keep indefinitely in the fridge. As long as it smells okay, it’s probably fine to use. We’d give a range of 7-10 days to be safe, but it will likely last for much longer than that.
You can also level this cocktail up a notch with this homemade sugar free raspberry simple syrup. The flavors pair incredibly well together, we’ve tried it!
More Cocktails and Mixer Recipes To Try:
Some of the best cocktails are the most simple. Many of our drinks are made with homemade sugar free mixers that have become staples in our home bar!
- Summer Herb Gin and Tonic (Keto Cocktail)
- Low Carb Pomegranate and Ginger Gin Bennett
- Low Carb Blood Orange Serrano Gin Fizz
- Sugar Free Keto Grenadine
- Raspberry Moscow Mule (Keto)
- Rosé Ginger Paloma
- Low Carb Rosemary Margarita
- Sugar Free Raspberry Simple Syrup
Tools We Used For This Recipe:
- Sauce Pan
- Citrus Reamer
- Cocktail Shaker
- Bar Spoon
- Metal Sieve
- Wooden Spoon
- Measuring Spoons
- Measuring Cup
- Sharp Chef’s Knife & Chopping Block
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How to Make A Sugar Free Blood Orange Gin Cocktail:
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the blood orange juice, lemon juice, gin and sugar free simple syrup.
Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more, then double strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda if desired. Garnish with blood orange slices and a sprig of fresh thyme.
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Blood Orange Gin Cocktail (Sugar Free)
- 2 ounces blood orange juice
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- 2 ounces gin
- 1 ounce sugar free simple syrup
- Club soda or seltzer water to top (optional)
- Ice for the cocktail shaker and glass
- Blood orange slices and fresh thyme sprigs for garnish
- Prepare your simple syrup first by bringing 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat immediately and add in 1 and 1/3 cups allulose sweetener. Stir to dissolve. Allow to cool before adding to the cocktail. Store in an air tight container in the fridge indefinitely.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the blood orange juice, lemon juice, gin and sugar free simple syrup.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds or more, then double strain into an ice filled glass. Top with club soda if desired. Garnish with blood orange slices and a sprig of fresh thyme.
These nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy and are only estimates. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.