This Orange Gin Fizz has a dreamy orange sweetness that is spiked with a slightly citrus & pepper undertow and malty richness.
Northern California Craft Distilleries
I collaborated with six different distilleries for this series of posts:
- St. George Spirits (Alameda)
- Young and Yonder Spirits (Healdsburg)
- Griffo Distillery (Petaluma)
- New Alchemy Distilling (El Dorado Hills)
- Sipsong Spirits (Windsor)
- Sonoma Brothers Distilling (Windsor)
Northern California is such a spirited area and I wanted to highlight some of the fun and innovating craft spirits being made here. These distilleries generously gave me tours, tastings, and donated bottles of gin for these posts. But of course, all opinions are my own.Jump to Recipe
Fizzy or Neat
There are two separate ways to serve this cocktail. The first is the fizzy way, as the recipe is written. But if you want a more spirit-forward cocktail with no fizz and no ice, you can double strain the shaken drink into a chilled coupe or rocks glass. The flavor is more concentrated in the neat version, so I like doing them when I feel like something stronger.
Shrub and Gin Pairing
This Orange Gin Fizz will vary in taste depending on what gin you use. Each distillery adds different botanicals, so the same cocktail made with another gin will result in its own distinctive version.
You can read through my thoughts on how I think these gins pair with the Orange Shrub with Yunnan Tea and Szechuan Peppers if you want but whatever gins you use, keep these tips in mind:
- Smell the gins and the shrubs together to see what stands out
- Taste the shrubs and gins together but don’t be discouraged from trying to make a cocktail with a pairing you didn’t like. You might be surprised how the flavors you didn’t like are tempered in a full cocktail.
- Rather than thinking along the lines of like and dislike, think more about what flavors are really standing out and how you can either emphasize them or temper them.
This pairing was very creamy and dreamy but the gin didn’t shine through as much as it did with the Strawberry Shrub. It would be my first choice if I wanted to make a gin drink with very little gin flavor.
I really liked this pairing. It was slightly spicy with a sweet orange flavor that had just a hint of lemon. The gin flavor could have been a little stronger, but it was still my favorite.
Am I drinking a tequila drink? Really, that’s the first thing that popped into my mind when I did this pairing.
Smooth orange flavor with a subtle spiciness
Honey-sweet but balanced with spiciness and warmth from the Szechuan peppers, grains of paradise, and coriander
Spicy with a lot of honey notes and chamomile over everything else
Spicy and bold but still creamy, less honey notes but not syrupy, downplays the flower notes
The orange really comes through incredibly well and it has a spicy kick
Very smooth with an orange creamsicle vibe and spicy finish
DIY Gin Bar Recipes
Here are all the recipes that are part of the DIY Gin Bar!
- Strawberry Gin Fizz
- Blackberry Gin Fizz
- Mint Gin Fizz
- Lemon Gin Fizz with Cucumber and Dill
- Orange Gin Fizz
- Gin Lemonade Cocktail
- Strawberry Shrub with Basil and Peppercorn
- Blackberry Shrub with Vanilla and Earl Grey
- Lemon Shrub with Cardamom and Mint
- Orange Shrub with Cardamom and Thyme
- Orange Shrub Recipe with Yunnan Tea and Szechuan Peppers
- Vanilla Bean Sugar
- Orange Sugar with Szechuan Peppers
- Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom
- DIY Citrus Sugar with Lemon and Dill
- Lemon and Lavender Infused Sugar
- Orange-Basil Strawberry Mocktail
- Vanilla Earl Grey Blackberry Mocktail
- Sparkling Basil Lemon Mocktail
- Lemon-Dill Cucumber Mocktail
- Rosemary & Mint Lemonade Mocktail
I’m back from vacation, which I spent in Reedsport, Oregon. I had planned to try and get more work done while there but I ultimately chose to enjoy my time there work free.
I hiked, collected driftwood for a fellow blogger, enjoyed the beach, climbed the jetty, watched the USWNT play, and hung out with family.
Every time I come back from vacation, my energy levels take a hit so I’m struggling to get back on top of things. I just want to go back to my perfect day at the beach.
Orange Gin Fizz
- 3 basil leaves
- 4 Szechuan peppers
- 1/2 inch thick orange slice
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom*
- 2 ounces gin*
- 1 ounce Orange Shrub with Yunnan Tea and Szechuan Pepper*
- Soda water to top or to taste I used Fever-Tree Club Soda
Place some ice in a highball glass.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the basil leaves, orange slice, Szechuan peppers, and sugar together until the basil is very aromatic and slightly bruised looking and the sugar is mostly dissolved.
Add the shrub and gin and top with ice.
Shake well, until the shaker is very cold and is sweating.
Strain into the prepared glass, top with club soda and garnish. You can garnish with an orange wedge or slice, basil leaves, and edible flowers if desired.
*See the recipe for Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom here
*See the recipe for the Orange Shrub with Yunnan Tea and Szechuan Peppers here
Neat Version: Double strain into a chilled coupe or rocks glass and garnish
This Orange Gin Fizz will taste different depending on what gin you use. Each distillery adds different botanicals, so the same cocktail made with another gin will result in its own distinctive version.
Gins I used with this drink & in the DIY Gin Bar:
- St. George Spirits, Botanivore Gin
- St. George Spirits, Terroir Gin
- St. George Spirits, Dry Rye Gin
- Young and Yonder Spirits, Hobb’s Gin
- Griffo Distillery, Scott Street Gin
- New Alchemy Distilling, Fleurette Gin
- New Alchemy Distilling, Fleurette Vermilion Gin
- Sipsong Spirits, Indira Gin
- Sonoma Brothers Distilling Gin