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Love plain orange juice but looking to rev it up a little and make it fancier? Give this bright and beautiful orange mocktail a spin. This delightful drink is full of tangy orange flavor and a sweet spicy fizz. So sit back, relax and get to sipping on the citrusy sensation.
🍊 What is an Orange Mocktail?
This orange mocktail is a simple combination of orange juice, ginger ale and mint simple syrup all shaken together. It’s a vibrant orange color that is full of sweet bubbly orange flavor with a little spicy zing and hint of mint.
Fruit flavored mocktails are great way to fancy up a plain fruit juice into a more complex tasting and sophisticated drink. Most of them are made similarly to this, another example would be a cranberry mocktail. a blueberry flavored mocktail or a watermelon flavored mocktail.
Additionally, this is also similar to a sunrise mocktail which is also a combination of orange juice and a fizzy soda, but that one has grenadine added in instead of simple syrup. Or a virgin mimosa which is just orange juice and sparkling water.
There are a lot of advantages to trying out a fruit flavored mocktail recipe such as this one. Here are a few reasons you should try this recipe:
- Festive and fruity. With its bright orange color and fizzy bubbles this mocktail is a festive addition to any occasion. It has a delightful and delicious sweet orange flavor as well.
- Family friendly. This is a great addition to any event as it’s perfect for all ages and even for people who prefer non-alcoholic beverages. It’s a great way to have a fancy drink without any liquor added in.
- Super easy and customizable. With only three ingredients, this one can be shaken together in about 3 minutes. It doesn’t get much easier than that. Additionally, it’s really easy to customize the strength to have the flavor profile that you prefer.
⭐ When to Make This Drink
This vibrant and refreshing mocktail is the perfect addition to many different occasions. Here are a few suggestions to try:
- Pool parties
This is an easy to customize recipe. If you’re looking for a few flavor or ingredient modifications, try some of these ideas out:
- Substitute the ginger ale. You can use any type of soda you prefer. The ginger ale leaves a sweet slightly spicy flavor which is a nice compliment to the citrus. However, you could double down on the citrus flavor by using a lemon lime soda as well.
- Use club soda. Cut out a little of the sugar and sweetness by using a club soda, tonic water or seltzer water. If you want to have a little bit of flavor still added in you could use a flavored seltzer water such as orange seltzer water.
- Skip the mint simple syrup. You can either skip the simple syrup all together if you want to cut down on the sweetness and sugar. Or, you can use plain simple syrup and muddle some mint leaves with it as you make the drink.
- Use a different flavored simple syrup. If you want to change the flavor profile of this drink it’s as simple as changing out the simple syrup. You can make things spicy by using a ginger simple syrup or you can double down on their fruit flavors by using an orange simple syrup. Or, let your mind go wild and mix in whatever if they were you want.
- Make it extra fancy. Add lots of garnishes to make this look even fancier. Some good options are orange wheels, mint leaves, a sugared rim, orange zest or fancy ice cubes.
- 4 oz Orange juice
- 1 oz Mint simple syrup
- 2 oz ginger ale
Get your drink started by gathering together the ginger ale, mint simple syrup, orange juice, ice, rocks glass, jigger and cocktail shaker.
Note: A rocks glass works well for the drink, however, you can use any glass you prefer.
We like to use a cocktail shaker to mix everything together. But, if you don’t have one you can either use any type of jar with a lid on it or you can simply pour everything in your glass and stir it well.
Add ice to both the glass and the shaker. Both should be filled with ice.
Measure out 1 oz of mint simple syrup and pour that into the shaker.
Measure out 4 oz of orange juice and pour that into the shaker.
Measure out 2 oz of ginger ale and pour that into the shaker.
Place a top over the shaker and shake well. Make sure not to shake two vigorously otherwise the ginger ale will fizz up.
Remove the shaker top and pour your drink into your glass.
- bar spoon
- Rocks glass
- 4 oz Orange Juice
- 1 oz Mint Simple Syrup if making from scratch: 1 cup mint leaves, 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar
- 2 oz Gingerale
Mint Simple Syrup
- Add into a pot 1 cup of mint leaves.
- Add 1 cup of water in the pot.
- Add 1 cup of sugar in the pot.
- Place the pot on the stovetop on medium heat.
- Stir regularly for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and strain the liquid to separate the mint leaves out.
- Sit it in the refrigerator to cool.
- Grab some ice and fill the rocks glass with it.
- Grab the jigger and measure 4 oz of orange juice. Toss it into the glass. *see notes below if you need measurements in tbs and cups instead of ounces.
- Grab the jigger and measure 1 oz of mint simple syrup. Toss it into the glass.
- Grab the jigger and measure 2 oz of ginger ale. Toss it into the glass.*alternatively, you can just add the ginger ale straight to the glass topping it off instead of measuring it.
- If desired, use a bar spoon to carefully stir the drink.
- You can substitute club soda, sparkling water or lemon lime soda instead of ginger ale.
- If you don’t have or don’t want to make mint simple syrup, you can use regular simple syrup.