Guide to Making Orange Juice Cocktails + 15 Recipes

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All of the best orange juice cocktails! These cocktails are easy to make, bright, citrusy, and great for all occasions. You’ll love these classic cocktail recipes, from mimosas to easy mixed drinks

Packed with a bright and citrusy flavor, oranges are the perfect fruit to add to your favorite cocktail. Best known as a companion to vodka, orange juice tastes great with almost any liquor. 

Whether you prefer a mimosa, a tequila sunrise, or a refreshing twist on a margarita, there’s sure to be an orange juice cocktail for you. 

orange juice cocktails

All About Orange Juice

Made by extracting the juice of oranges, orange juice is a classic refrigerator staple. Fresh juice can be made using any orange and is thus available in several varieties, including:

  • Blood orange
  • Navel orange
  • Valencia orange
  • Clementine
  • Tangerine

Grown in warmer areas like California and Florida, oranges are packed with vitamin C, most notably. The sun-kissed growing process gives freshly squeezed orange juice a bright, energizing citrus flavor.

What alcohol does orange juice go with?

With its refreshing citrus flavor, orange juice is compatible with almost any alcohol. Some of the most notable pairings for the juice include:

  • Vodka
  • Bourbon
  • Champagne
  • Tequila
  • Gin

The orange juice works to cut through the intense liquor flavor of each spirit for a bright, zippy taste, making it the perfect additive to any cocktail.

Best Orange Juice Cocktails

Scroll through to make any of these refreshing orange juice cocktail recipes! They make lovely brunch cocktails or easy mixed drinks for any party. 

vodka and orange juice

Vodka Orange Juice Cocktail

A classic screwdriver recipe! Vodka is a light-colored and flavored spirit and goes well with most mixers. This cocktail is as simple as our vodka soda. Add a little soda water to this recipe to add some extra bubbles.

rum and orange juice

Rum Orange Juice Cocktail

Rum and orange juice have all the summer’s tropical vibes! Make it with coconut rum for even more flavor. This is the perfect summer cocktail.

tequila sunrise

Tequila Orange Juice Cocktail

Tequila and fresh orange juice are a no-brainer! Like our lemonade margarita recipe, this cocktail has just two ingredients. Add a little grenadine over the top for a tequila sunrise! 

whiskey and orange juice

Bourbon Orange Juice Cocktail

This is the most accessible mixed drink for all your bourbon and whiskey lovers! Bourbon and orange juice pair well together and can be served any time of the year.

mimosa recipe

Classic Mimosa 

Undoubtedly, the most famous orange juice cocktail is a mimosa. This quintessential two-ingredient cocktail is easy to make with Champagne and orange juice. Add a little Cointreau in there for extra flavor. Try our grapefruit mimosa, too.

Prosecco Mimosas on a table

Prosecco Mimosa 

A twist in the classic, a Prosecco mimosa uses Italian Prosecco and adds sweetness to the drink. You can also try our carrot juice mimosa too. It’s perfect for Easter brunch

rum punch recipe

Rum Punch

Another tropical cocktail that uses orange juice, rum, fresh pineapple juice, and lime. This rum punch is a vacation in a cup! Perfect for sunny beach days.

brass monkey cocktail

Brass Monkey 

This brass monkey is a fun cocktail from the 70s made with orange juice, rum, and vodka. 

virgin mimosas on a platter

Virgin Mimosa Recipe

If you want a refreshing drink without alcohol, try our virgin mimosa recipe! It tastes just as refreshing and bubbly!

Skinny margarita overhead photo with a lime wedge

Skinny Margarita Recipe

Our skinny margarita recipe uses fresh ingredients and orange and lime juice. This cocktail is low-calorie and sugar-free and tastes fantastic.

Prosecco Cocktail

Prosecco Cocktail

If you love sparkling drinks, our Prosecco cocktail has orange juice, ginger beer, and liqueur. It’s very refreshing and bubbly. Perfect for any occasion!

Add a Little Sweetness

  • The best way to add sweetness to a cocktail is homemade simple syrup. A mixture of sugar and water simmered together to make a sweet syrup. To make flavors, follow our complete guide on making simple syrup. You can also make honey syrup by swapping out the sugar with honey.
  • Another way to add sweetness is using orange liqueur like Grand Marnier or Triple Sec. 

Cocktail Garnishes

Cocktail garnishes add charm and elevate the presentation. Here are some ways you can garnish orange juice cocktails: 

Dried Orange Slice – We keep dried orange slices on hand to add to our cocktails. 

Cherry – Add a maraschino cherry to this cocktail for extra sweetness. 

Cocktail Umbrella – If you’re making a summer cocktail, garnish it with a charming umbrella.

Zest – Add a little lemon zestlime zest, or orange zest over the top of the drink for added fragrance, color, and flavor.

Edible Flowers – We use flowers often to add charm to our cocktails. Check out our edible flower chart to learn more about what flowers you can use.

Clear Ice – You can use clear ice in this drink. The more giant ice cubes are great for melting slowly.

Pink Ice – Adding pink ice to a cocktail is a fun way to create vibrant colors. 

Orange Peel – Peels add a beautiful aroma and a touch of color.

Tips for Making Orange Juice Cocktails

Here are a few tips for recipe success: 

Use fresh-squeezed orange juice when making these drinks.

If the cocktail is too potent, add a little club soda to dilute it.

If making a shaken cocktail, shake the drink with ice for 20 seconds.

Mixers for Orange Juice

Here are some mixers that go well with orange juice when making cocktails:

orange juice cocktail recipes

Frequently Asked Questions

Are vodka and orange juice good for you?

If you’re looking for a health-conscious cocktail, vodka and orange juice may be the perfect pairing. 
Vodka contains no sugar and contains fewer calories than most liquors. In contrast, freshly squeezed orange juice naturally contains many vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, calcium, and iron—not to mention it tastes great! Orange juice also keeps you hydrated, effectively diluting the effects of the alcohol.

What can you add to orange juice?

In addition to your favorite spirit, you can add plenty of other elements to your orange juice cocktail. 
Orange juice shines when combined with other fruits like cherries, strawberries, and cranberries that can be added to your cocktail muddled, whole, or syrup. Add sparkling water for some fizz, or finish your drink with a sprig of fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.

Can you drink whiskey with orange juice?

If you’re a whiskey lover, you’re lucky because the spirit is the perfect companion to freshly squeezed orange juice. 
Orange juice works well with whiskey because its natural sweetness tones down the alcohol’s sharp flavor. It also cuts through the drink’s bitterness for the perfect balance that has become wildly popular in cocktails like the whiskey sour.

How can I juice an orange without a juicer?

If you don’t have a juicer, you can still make a cocktail with freshly squeezed orange juice.
To extract the juice from an orange cut the orange into eight wedges and squeeze the juice out into a small bowl with your hands. Alternatively, you can cut an orange in half and twist the juice out with the tines of a fork. Firmly rolling the orange on the counter before squeezing will loosen the membranes and yield more juice. embranes inside and yield more juice. 

tequila with orange juice

When to Serve Orange Juice Cocktails

Since you can find oranges year-round in grocery stores, these cocktails can be served anytime. However, some have more of a spring and summer vibe, and others are perfect for year-round brunch. Here are some fun occasions you can serve orange juice cocktails:

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orange juice cocktail with gin

Orange Juice Cocktails – Gin and Orange Juice

Cocktails made with fresh orange juice!
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Eden


  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces gin


  • Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
  • Pour orange juice over the ice.
  • Add the gin.
  • Garnish with a flour and an orange slice.


Make any of our orange juice cocktails by switching out different spirits like gin, vodka, tequila or whiskey! 


Calories: 182kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 228mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
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