Blood Orange & Rosemary Gin Fizz

The arrival of early season blood oranges heralds a turning point in the winter and once they start appearing at the market you know that warm summer days are only a few short months away. I gratefully received a box of beautiful Redbelly Citrus blood oranges earlier in the week from the Mancini family. The Mancini's are a third generation farming family tending to roughly 32,000 citrus trees in the Riverina area of New South Wales. They are passionate about their product and have every reason to be - the blood oranges they produce are blushing globes of pure citrus sunshine.

Whatever you're up to this weekend I hope you enjoy yourself. Me? I'll be in the kitchen experimenting with my 6.5 kilos of blood oranges! But first, a drink. Slàinte!


  1. Bring water, sugar and rosemary to a simmer over medium heat for 3-5 minutes, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, steep for 15 minutes and strain into a container to cool. Reserve 6 Tablespoons for your drinks now, save the rest for future drinks. Bonus!
  2. Divide blood orange juice, gin, rosemary syrup and lemonade equally between two glasses. Top up with ice cubes, a slice of blood orange and a sprig of rosemary.

(Serves two)
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2 sprigs rosemary
8 Tablespoons fresh blood orange juice (from 1 large blood orange)
6 Tablespoons gin
2 cups lemonade
Ice, blood orange slices and rosemary sprigs, to serve

Recipe adapted from 101 Cookbooks