Ginger and blood orange is a popular cocktail and mocktail pairing that works just as well when you want to enhance the flavor of your favorite sparkling or tonic water. The ginger adds spice that wakes up the palate and commands attention while the blood orange has a distinctively sweet flavor with a hint of raspberry. Fresh ginger and freshly squeezed blood orange juice is the best way to go with this recipe since they yield the most distinctive flavor. Upon taking a sip you'll discover that the pairing is very cohesive plus it has a lot of depth. In addition to tasting great, this flavored water is pretty enough to serve to guests when entertaining, it works well with a variety of foods (make a batch the next time you serve brunch), plus the aroma is spectacular. And if you don't have any blood oranges on hand, this recipe works just as well with freshly squeezed clementine or tangerine juice.
Total Time: 10 minutes
1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 cup fresh blood orange juice
3 cups tonic/sparkling water
Wrap the grated ginger in a cheesecloth and squeeze the juice into a pitcher. You can also press the ginger through a strainer to extract the juice, use a ginger press or squeeze with clean bare hands if you do not have any cheesecloth on hand.
Pour the blood orange juice into the pitcher followed by the tonic/sparkling water.