Orange Juice Cocktails

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

Packed with 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. The drink can be made using any type of 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 vitamins—most notably vitamin c. 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 kind of 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

vodka and orange juice

Vokda Orange Juice Cocktail

A classic screwdriver recpe! Vodka is a light colored and flavored spirit and goes well with most mixers. This cocktail is as simpel as our vodka soda. You can even add a little soda water to this recipe to give it some extra bubbles.

rum and orange juice

Rum Orange Juice Cocktail

Rum and orange juice has all the summer, 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 orange juice are a no-brainer! Similar to our lemonade margarita recipe, this cocktail is made with just two ingredients. Add a little grenadine over the top for a tequila sunrise!

whiskey and orange juice

Bourbon Orange Juice Cocktail

For all of you bourbon, whiskey lovers this is the easiest mixed drink to make! Bourbon and orange juice pair well together and can be served any time of the year.

mimosa recipe

Classic Mimosa

There is no doubt, the most popular orange juice cocktail is a mimosa. This is a quintessential brunch cocktail that is so 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 gives the drink some added sweetness. You canm also try our carrot juice mimosa too. It’s perfect for Easter brunch!

rum punch recipe

Rum Punch

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

brass monkey cocktail

Brass Monkey

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

virgin mimosas on a platter

Virgin Mimosa Recipe

If you’re looking for 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 is made with fresh ingredients and uses orange jucie as well as lime juice. This cocktail is low-calorie and sugar and taste amazing.

Prosecco Cocktail

Prosecco Cocktail

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

Is 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 for you. 

Vodka contains no sugar and contains fewer calories than most liquors, while freshly-squeezed orange juice naturally contains a plethora of 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, there are plenty of other elements you can add to your orange juice cocktail. 

Orange juice shines when it’s combined with other fruits like cherries, strawberries, and cranberries that can be added to your cocktail muddled, whole, or as a syrup. Consider adding sparkling water for a little fizz, or finish off your drink with a sprig of fresh herbs like rosemary or thyme.

orange juice cocktail recipes

Can you drink whiskey with orange juice?

If you’re a whiskey lover, you’re in luck 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 serves to cut 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 with your hands into a small bowl. 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 inside and yield you more juice. 

Cocktail Garnishes

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

Dried Orange Slices – 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 zest, lime 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 make clear ice and use it in this drink. The larger ice cubes are great for melting slowly.

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

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 at any time. However, some of them 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:

Brunch

Pool Party 

Beach Bonfire 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

Also check out more great cocktail recipes,  tequila cocktails, gin cocktails, vodka cocktails, and cheap drinks to make at home!

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orange juice cocktail with gin

Orange Juice Cocktails – Gin and Orange Juice

A simple cocktail made with gin and orange juice.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 182kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces gin

Instructions

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

Nutrition

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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