Who doesn’t like orange juice? It was the only drink that could quench the thirst in scorching heat back when we were children. Fast forward to this age, add a little bit of spice and liqueur to the juice and heat yourself up!
Orange juice cocktails are the adult version of orange juice that no one can refuse. Orange forms an essential element of almost most of the drinks like mimosa, screwdriver, etc. Thus, it leaves a fruity essence with its citrusness in the drinks.
Now, let us have a look at various orange juice cocktails that will be perfect for your brunch or dinner date to impress your significant other with your versatile choice.
Let us get to the base of drinks to make orange juice cocktail
Before we hop on to the recipes of orange juice cocktails, it is important that we know about orange juice first to get the perfect taste of the cocktail.
The best is to pick up fresh oranges and squeeze the juice out of it. But, if you have frozen the oranges already, then take them out and let them reach the room temperature. This will maximize the juice yield for your cocktail.
You can also roll the fruit in your hand before squeezing it as a firm grip squeezes more, which will result in more juice.
If you don’t have proper and a firm grip, then you can either use a hand squeezer or just cut the orange into smaller parts to be able to squeeze it till its last drop.
And those who are too lazy, you can get natural juice which is available in tetra packs.
Here are some of the best drinks with orange juice
There stand a plethora of drinks to make with orange juice which will give a heavenly taste to your party.
1. The tequila sunrise
Starting with the most beautiful and the most delicious of all, the tequila sunrise. The drink itself resembles the colours of the sky at sunrise. With the heavenly taste, the recipe too comes easy with basic mixing and shaking without any special techniques or equipment. Let’s try this out with an essence of tequila in it!
Grenadine, tequila and orange juice
How to make it?
Easier than you could imagine!
- Pour tequila and orange juice together and stir well.
- Then, pour grenadine into the glass and let it sit and settle down.
And you are literally ready with your orange juice tequila.
2. Mimosa- Your one and only
Here comes everyone’s favourite, mimosa with orange juice. You can either use champagne or prosecco as a sweeter in your mimosa. Bubbly, beautiful, lively and bright as the drink is, let us get to the simple and easy recipe.
Orange juice, champagne or prosecco (whatever you prefer) and Cointreau
How to make it
- Pour one part orange juice squeezed without any pulp.
- Take 2 parts of champagne or prosecco followed by Cointreau
You can also pour prosecco first so that the bubbles are preserved first and then top it off with Cointreau followed by orange juice.
3. Yellowhammer cocktail
The stronger and sweeter one, this orange juice cocktail is perfect for brunches. Let us have a look at how to make it.
½ absolut vodka, ½ rum (light), 1 part of orange and pineapple juice, a dash oh orange, ½ part pineapple juice
How to make it
The recipe is just a quickie. All you need to do is to start by filling the glass with ice cubes.
Then, pour the above mixture into the ice-filled glass and stir well.
Your drink is ready to be served.
This quite zingy and refreshing drink gained popularity in the early 1940s. Madras is a pink colour cocktail made with orange juice with cranberries along with vodka. Let us have a look at the recipe to make your summer evenings perfect.
1 fluid ounce of orange juice, 1 ½ fluid ounces of vodka and 4 fluid ounces of cranberry juice with a dash of lime, that never hurts a cocktail.
You can also add unsweetened cranberry juice if you do not have a sweet tooth.
How to make this orange juice cocktail?
Just pour everything into the glass and stir it, and put a dash of lime if you want, and your drink is ready!
5. Italian margarita
Orange cocktail but make it Italian! This is quite strong, both in colour and taste. If you want a darker shade of orange that gives a more intense look to the cocktail, then squeeze a blood orange for this cocktail. Let us get a look over the recipe and ingredients.
Tequila, margarita, amaretto liqueur, lime juice
Let us hop on to the making !
- First of all, rim the lip of the glass with kosher salt or sugar, any way you like. For that run a lemon slice over the lip of the glass and put the edge into the bowl of kosher salt or sugar.
- Pour 1 ounce of 1 ounce of lime juice, 1 ½ ounces of tequila, 1 ounce amaretto in the glass filled with orange juice.
- Stir well and mix it thoroughly and the drink is ready to serve.
6. Blood and sand cocktail
This cocktail is as dark as its name, and tastes hella fine! And if you are a lover of scotch, then this is made for you only. Let go and take a look at this orange juice cocktail.
All you need is a blended scotch whiskey, cherry liqueur or cherry brandy, sweet vermouth and orange juice
Here is how to make it
- Take all of the above ingredients all in equal parts (¾ ounces each) in a jar and shake them thoroughly.
- Pour the drink into a glass and put a lemon slice on the topa and your drink is ready.
7. The Alabama Summer
Literally an entire summer vibe in a glass of cocktail. The best is to drink by the beachside at evenings. The most favourite of every other college boy and girl and the retro tag it takes with it, makes this drink surpass all others. Let’s have a look at the recipe
Orange juice, sloe gin, bourbon and amaretto
How to make it ?
- Mix all the above ingredients and shake it.
- Pour some ice in the glass and then come the cocktail over it.
These are some of the best orange juice cocktails that you can try, till then keep trying and creating new ones.