From Madras To Garibaldi, 7 Orange-Based Summer Cocktails
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Orange juice (OJ) is a sublime choice as a mixer for cocktails. It effortlessly harmonises with various spirits, although its renowned companionship lies with vodka. However, when combined with champagne, it yields a delightful mimosa, or with tequila, it creates a captivating tequila sunrise or an inventive twist on the classic margarita! Discover below numerous other notable pairings of orange juice and spirits. For an even more captivating experience, explore utilizing blood orange juice, which showcases a vivid pink hue and an intensified sweetness surpassing regular orange juice.

Behold, here are the 7 ultimate orange-based cocktails to sip! These libations cater to morning indulgence, evening merriment, and all the moments in between. It is important to note that freshly squeezed orange juice is paramount in crafting cocktails that boast the finest flavour. No shortcuts are taken when it comes to achieving unparalleled taste!


Transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise with the Madras cocktail. This delightful vodka, orange, and cranberry juice blend perfectly fuses the classic screwdriver and Cape Codder cocktails. While it gained immense popularity in the 1980s, it continues to captivate with its irresistible flavour. Though it may have taken a back seat in recent years, the vibrant combination of zesty orange and tangy cranberry remains as delicious as ever. Sip on this refreshing concoction and relish the harmonious marriage of flavours that will leave you longing for sunny shores and carefree moments. 


Undoubtedly, the Mimosa reigns as the beloved orange juice cocktail. Achieving perfection is simple: opt for Prosecco over champagne for a sweeter twist, or use either. Pour generously, add a hint of orange liqueur, and revel in its tangy, slightly sweet, and effervescent charm. Discover the steps to craft this stunning and vibrant Mimosa.


In the clash of margaritas, the OJ margarita emerges victorious over its OG counterpart. While the classic lime flavour is undeniably delicious, adding orange juice brings a delightful sweetness and enhances the overall taste. Experience the wonderful blend of lime and orange, creating a tantalizing sensation for your taste buds.

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Do you have orange juice and vodka on hand? Then it's time to mix up a refreshing Screwdriver cocktail! This classic two-ingredient drink is perfect for casual sunny afternoon gatherings or weekend brunches. While some may consider it a simple and easy drink, there's no denying its appeal that adds a touch of intrigue to your cocktail repertoire. 


Add a burst of refreshing citrus to your cocktail hour with the Garibaldi, an iconic Italian drink. This two-ingredient cocktail blends the bitter elegance of Campari with the vibrant sweetness of orange juice. The harmonious interplay of flavours creates a perfectly balanced and invigorating experience. With each sip, you'll relish the delightful combination of sweet and bitter, accompanied by the zesty tanginess of orange. It is one of the easy-to-make yet impressive, orange-based cocktails whose vibrant flavours transport you to the sunny shores of Italy.

Fuzzy Navel 

Renowned for its iconic status, the Fuzzy Navel cocktail holds a nostalgic charm from the 1980s. This fruity libation combines peach schnapps and orange juice in a delightful union. While many drinks from that era were overly sweet and trendy, the Fuzzy Navel can surprise you with its refined taste. In fact, with the right approach, you can create a sophisticated rendition of this cocktail that can compete with classics like the Screwdriver or Harvey Wallbanger. Ready to be captivated by its "pleasantly peachy" aroma and embrace the allure of a well-crafted Fuzzy Navel that will exceed your expectations.

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Ward 8

Introducing the Ward 8, a forgotten gem among orange-based cocktails! This revitalized twist on the sour whiskey perfectly balances its delightful tartness. While the whiskey sour leans towards sweetness, the Ward 8 captivates with its harmonious blend of rye whiskey, offering a subtle spiciness that lingers. Adding sweet orange juice and vibrant red grenadine enhances the flavour and visual appeal, creating a tempting and impeccably balanced libation. It's time to bring back the allure of Ward 8 and savour its intriguing complexity.

Why wait? Raise your glass and embrace the vibrant world of orange-based cocktails that never fail to delight and leave a lasting impression on your taste buds!