Here are all the top orange juice cocktails that highlight this beautiful citrus fruit! Try everything from a mimosa to a tequila sunrise.
Love the bright and beautiful citrus flavor of an orange! Turns out OJ is a top notch mixer for cocktails. It can stand in with almost any liquor, though it’s best known for pairing with vodka. But mix it with champagne to make a mimosa, or tequila to make a tequila sunrise or spin on the margarita! There are lots of other famous orange and liquor pairings that we’ll let you discover below. You can even use blood orange juice, bright pink in color and even sweeter than the juice from a standard orange.
Here are all the best orange juice cocktails to try! There are drinks for morning, evening, and everywhere in between. For all of them, keep in mind that freshly squeezed orange juice makes drinks with the best flavor. No cutting corners here!
Here's a famous and beautiful orange juice cocktail: the tequila sunrise! It’s beautiful and vibrant, with layered colors of a summer sunset. Even better: it’s so easy to make! All you need is 3 ingredients: and no special techniques or equipment. Of course, use fresh squeezed orange juice for the best effect. The flavor is refreshingly sweet, with just a hint of tequila. Try it with our homemade grenadine!
Of course the most popular orange juice cocktail of them all: the mimosa! How to make a perfect mimosa? We like to use Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor: but you could use either! Pour the bubbles with a heavy hand, and add a dash of orange liqueur. It’s tart, just sweet enough, and bubbly as all get out. Here’s how to make this beautiful and bright mimosa!
Ingredients: Orange juice, Prosecco or champagne, Cointreau
Here’s a refreshing, citrus-forward spin that we like almost even better than the original: try the Orange Margarita! Add fresh squeezed orange juice to this classic cocktail and you get a zingy, sweetly perfumed drink that’s absolutely irresistible.
Ingredients: Orange juice, tequila, lime juice, triple sec or Cointreau
Here’s a unique orange juice cocktail: the Garibaldi! This Italian cocktail has so much going for it, it’s hard to know where to start. Orange juice is the perfect sweet balance to bitter Campari. There’s a little textural little flair with a foamy topping. It comes out ultra refreshing with bitter, sweet and tangy notes all intermingling in the perfect sip. Use fresh orange juice for this one: standard or blood orange (pictured).
Got OJ? Got vodka? Let’s make a Screwdriver! The Screwdriver is one of the easiest cocktails there is, ideal for afternoon drinks or brunch. Cocktail connoisseurs might call it low brow…and let’s be honest: it is. But there are lots of legit two-ingredient drinks! We’ll show you how to make a traditional Screwdriver: then share a few ideas on how to make a more interesting spin on this drink.
Looking for a quick and easy orange juice cocktail? Make a Madras! This vibrant pink vodka drink is zingy and refreshing, pairing orange with cranberry juice for tartness and color. It takes no time at all to make: just mix it right in the glass and serve on ice!
Ingredients: Cranberry juice, vodka, and orange juice
Here's a refreshing, well balanced orange juice cocktail: the Amaretto Stone Sour! Of course you know the Amaretto Sour, that classic boozy sour cocktail with the retro egg white foam. Well, the stone sour is a sour made with orange juice! It’s light and refreshing, perfect for sipping at brunch or on a lazy afternoon with a book. It’s sweet tart with just right right finish of nutty amaretto.
It’s fruity and extra boozy: meet the Hurricane! The Hurricane is a classic New Orleans cocktail made with light and dark rum and passion fruit syrup. The passion fruit gives it a tropical nuance, the orange a citrus spin, and a hint of grenadine gives it extra sweetness and a rosy-golden color. It’s a unique rum cocktail that’s festive and fun!
Ingredients: Light rum, dark rum, passion fruit syrup, orange juice, lime juice, grenadine
Here’s a creamy orange cocktail you need in your life: the Golden Dream! This classy drink was popular in the 1960’s and 70’s, and we think it’s time for a reprieve. One sip and you’ll be instantly intrigued: in fact, it tastes like a boozy Creamsicle! It’s creamy with a strong orange flavor: and the finish isn’t too sweet, with subtle notes of herbs, licorice and vanilla.
Here’s a 1970’s orange juice cocktail that deserves a new look: the Alabama Slammer. It’s known as a lowbrow college drink made with trendy low quality liquor. But step up the liquor quality and you’ve got yourself a first-rate highball cocktail! It’s bold, fruity and balanced: great for sipping on the patio, at the lake, or just on a lazy afternoon. Here we’ve given a few little tweaks to the Alabama Slammer to take it up a notch and give it a new and improved vibe.
Here's a classic orange juice cocktail that uses blood orange juice instead...the Blood and Sand! It’s similar to a Manhattan or Martinez, but with with blood orange juice and cherry liqueur. It’s light and semi-sweet, with a balanced and cherry-forward flavor. This one will please even people who are on the fence about Scotch.
Ingredients: Scotch, cherry liqueur, vermouth, blood orange juice
It’s time for another 1970’s orange juice cocktail: make way for the Harvey Wallbanger! This easy highball cocktail is the Screwdriver‘s more sophisticated cousin. It might sound low-brow, but this drink stars Galliano, an herbal Italian liqueur invented in the 1890’s. It gives this otherwise boring brunch drink a complex, funky herbal finish. One sip and we gave this one a stamp of approval.
Want a simple makeover for your margarita? Try the Italian margarita! This orange juice cocktail is a fusion of the best of Italian and Mexican cuisines. This spin on the classic cocktail swaps out orange liqueur for amaretto, and the almond essence adds a distinctly Italian vibe. Blood orange juice brings in a brilliant color, but you can also use straight orange juice too!
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.