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Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour

Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |

The other night, Chris and I spent no fewer than 10 minutes trying to come to an agreement on the definition of a “granddog.” We were driving behind someone with a bumper sticker that claimed, “I love my granddog,” which, to me, is one of the weirdest bumper stickers that’s ever existed. And that’s coming from someone who loves her dog way more than is normal. It must be that the person driving the car really loves their grown child’s dog, right? It would be like if my mom were to get a bumper sticker claiming she loved my dog. Or do you think the driver really actually loves one of the puppies in their own dog’s litter? Chris said you could only really have a granddog if you were yourself a dog. But I disagreed. We act like Winnie is our child and therefore, if she had puppies, they’d be our granddogs. I think I’m just confused because why would you love your granddog more than your own dog? And if you love your child’s dog enough to get a bumper sticker about it, why wouldn’t you just get your own dog?

The bottom line is that people are weird. And my husband and I are probably weird, too, for spending so much time analyzing the meaning of a stupid bumper sticker. I will just never understand why people feel the need to make such proclamations on their vehicles. However, if you forced me into getting a bumper sticker, I think I’d probably go with one that says, “Blood orange lover.” Or maybe even one that says, “Blood oranges, meyer lemons, oh my!” That would really get the people driving behind me talking, right?

It’s been a long and arduous winter with a serious lack of blood oranges in my life. For some reason, I had a lot of difficulty finding them this year, so bought about 50 when I finally spotted them at my grocery store. It wasn’t until I started making my blood orange gin sour that I realized I could also use the plethora of meyer lemons I had to make this just about the most winter citrus drink ever.

Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |

This cocktail went through a million different renditions in my head before the final drink was actually born. First, I planned to use maple whisky. And then I realized the beautiful color of the blood oranges would be diminished with whisky and so, I went with gin instead. Gin is never a bad idea.

Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |

Some people are scared of egg whites in their cocktails, but I’m not at all. I love the beautiful froth they make and think it’s especially essential in sours. Side note, do you remember the sours everyone drank when they first turned 21? What a travesty. I promise that this sour is nothing like those.

Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |

It’s citrus packed, but in a real fruit and not sour mix kind of way. I love that meyer lemons are super sour, but with a hidden sweetness. And I love that gin is gin and absolutely delicious.

Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |

Do you realize that winter is actually ending? Daylight Saving’s time is coming up next week, for Pete’s sake. It’s going to be in the 70s in Boston later this week (!!!). And if I leave work at a semi-normal time, it’s already not pitch black. This is exciting on so many levels. But until the end is officially here, I’m working on getting my fill of blood oranges.


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Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |
Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour
Winter citrus combines with gin and a little maple syrup for this Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour. The vibrant color of a blood orange cocktail will always impress guests!
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: We are not Martha
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice
  • 1/2 oz meyer lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/4 oz. maple syrup
  • 1 egg white room temperature
  1. Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, cover, and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
  2. Add 5-6 ice cubes to shaker and shake vigorously for another 20 seconds.
  3. Strain cocktail into a chilled martini glass.


Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour -- A vibrantly colored winter citrus cocktail |

13 Responses to "Blood Orange Meyer Lemon Gin Sour"

  1. Hahaha! That bumper sticker is weird, for sure. My guess is they are talking about their child’s dog. Because my mother calls our fur child her granddog. And while she loves our dog, she doesn’t want her own dog. So I get the bumper sticker… but my mother doesn’t love our dog enough to ruin her car with a bumper sticker. So maybe I don’t understand. LOL! Totally need one of these cocktails as I ponder that one. 😉 LOVE the flavors going on here! Blood orange, meyer lemon and gin?! PERFECT! Is it 5 o’clock yet? Cheers!

  2. Ha ha! Abe’s mom just sent Julius a birthday card from his “grandparents.”

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hi there – My parents call our cat their fur-grandbaby… LOL!! This drink btw is a beautiful thing!

    Cheryl A.

  4. Sues says:

    @Cheyanne- Haha exactly!! My parents love my dog… But probably not quite enough to get a bumper sticker about it 🙂

  5. Love me some gin! This looks like the ideal winter-spring cocktail.

  6. Oh what a pretty drink! I can’t get enough of blood orange recipes, so I’m loving this!

  7. Pam says:

    Yum! I just happen to have some blood oranges in my fridge. 🙂

  8. How perfect is this for warmer weather Sues?!! Loving the first shot!

  9. Love blood orange season. I want one of these cocktails right now!

  10. Katrina says:

    Blood orange AND meyer lemon! This is totally the ultimate “fancy citrus” drink. I love it!

  11. I had to smile as my first drink after turning 21 was a whisky sour which I’ve not drank in years. Your blood orange sour sounds great and is oh so pretty.

  12. Juliana says:

    Yum! I love gin drinks and this one loaded with citrus just sounds and looks fabulous!
    Thanks for the recipe Sues…hope you are enjoying your week 🙂

  13. leslie says:

    People are totally weird. I see that bumper sticker often and shake my head!!! I am sure this gin sour would make me forget all about it though!!!!

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