Blood orange, blood orange juice, and blood orange soda seems to have become a fad recently, and I am jumping on this bandwagon. I always feel ridiculous following a trend, but this is “All Drinks Considered” and not “Obscure Drinks Considered” or “Only Hipster Cocktails Allowed.” I would read “Only Hipster Cocktails Allowed” because you know that blog would be hilarious.

I have been working with blood orange soda recently and my luck has been mixed, until this drink. It’s a variation on the Paloma, which I wrote about last week. This got great reviews when introduced at a cocktail party recently.

Blood Orange Paloma

1 oz 100% Blue Agave Reposada Tequila.

1/2 ounce lime juice

3 oz Blood Orange Soda

4 drops Angustora Bitters

Place all ingredients in a tumbler over ice. Stir gently with a spoon.

Blood Orange Paloma

The Review

I have found blood orange soda to be a difficult ingredient to work with. It’s like a two year old, great by itself, but does not play well with others. Like many citrus flavors, blood orange soda goes great with tequila. The proportions listed above are important to follow, because if you add more tequila, the tequila overwhelms the other ingredients and it becomes less palatable really quickly. The tequila and the bitters counterbalances the soda’s sweetness into a refreshing and slightly complicated cocktail. I would serve this cocktail over the paloma, because it’s better balanced and is a more complicated drink in terms of its flavor profile, but not more complicated to make. I found it to be more refreshing and just a prettier drink.


750 mL bottle of 100% pure agave Reposada Tequila: $20

750 mL bottle of Blood Orange Soda from World Market: $2.50

1 lime: 0.50

Angostura Bitters: $7.19 for a 4 oz bottle.

Total Cost: $30.19

Cost per drink:

$0.72 cents for 1 ounce of silver tequila.

$0.30 cents for 3 ounces Jarritos grapefruit soda.

$0.50 for 1/2 ounce lime juice

$0.01 Angostura bitters

Cost per drink: $1.53

Any other great drink recipes with blood orange soda? Leave them below in the comments. Otherwise, happy and safe drinking.