Cocktail: Blood Orange Spritz

I'm all about the citrus cocktails these days. And with the produce section of my grocery store constantly tempting me with grapefruits and tangerines and blood oranges, I knew I needed to turn one of them into a cocktail.

Unlike a lot of my recipes, this recipe makes a large batch cocktail that can be thrown together ahead of time. Because it's similar to a mimosa, this drink makes the perfect brunch cocktail: not too boozy, light and fresh, and easy for guests to pour themselves. It's actually one of the cocktails I created and served at our Galentine's Day Brunch a few weeks ago!

Blood Orange Spritz

Makes 1 pitcher (about 8 servings)

2 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice
1 cup Hendrick's gin
1/4 cup St. Germain or another elderflower liqueur
champagne or prosecco
blood orange slices (optional)

Add blood orange juice, gin, and elderflower liqueur into a pitcher and stir to combine. Refrigerate mixture for an hour or up to overnight.

When you are ready to make your individual cocktail, fill glass with ice and fill glass half full with blood orange/gin mix. Top with champagne or prosecco and stir gently. Garnish with a blood orange slice and enjoy immediately.

All photography in this post created by Kate McCann Photography.