Blood Orange Sidecar co*cktail Recipe with Blood Orange Juice (2024)

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by Todd + Diane

This blood orange side car co*cktail recipe was originally published in 2008! It’s an oldie but goodie.
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Blood Orange Sidecar co*cktail Recipe

Our Southern Californian climate doesn’t provide us with fall explosions of color, white Christmases, or the magical moments of crocus poking their way through the last of winter’s snow, however we do have our own special experiences of nature. One of the most delicious delights of our winters is the ripening of the citrus. Our tangerines started becoming ripe nearly a month ago, but the longer we leave them still attached to their momma, the sweeter they’ll become.

The next in line for harvest, and that which will provide tonight’s co*cktail, is the blood orange. Of all our citrus, the blood orange tree is by far the most flora when fruiting. As the sun warms the fruit and the tree, the sweet aroma fills the surrounding air. It almost makes you want to be reincarnated as a hummingbird so your life can always be filled with such a sweet fragrance. Although personally, the hyperactivity of a hummer just isn’t in my nature.

Now that our blood oranges are ripe , we are reminded of a co*cktail we created last year. It is a blood orange version of the classic Sidecar, which we have dubbed our Midnight Ride. To the best of our knowledge this blood orange ocktail name hasn’t been claimed, and it seemed appropriately sexy while still giving heritage to the Sidecar. Also, quite apropos, we created the co*cktail around the midnight hour, as well as wrote this post well beyond midnight. We tend to be a little crazy like that, but at least we are crazy together.

-Todd and Diane

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Blood Orange Sidecar Recipe

Inspired by the Sidecar and our blood orange tree, this is a sexy little co*cktail. The blood oranges give it that tangy sweetness which is so beautifully composed within those little bombs, as well as the gorgeous red color. We created this co*cktail so you still get the blood orange flavor, yet balances nicely with the alcohol. Hope you can get some good blood oranges and are able to enjoy this sexy little tease. Also, not all co*cktails will be the same color because blood oranges vary so much. So no two co*cktails look the same! For best chill, place you co*cktail glasses in the freezer ahead of time.

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  • 2-3 ounces (60-90ml) fresh Blood Orange Juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces (45ml) Cognac or Brandy
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) Grand Marnier , or preferred orange liquer
  • Dash of Orange Bitters *see Note 1
  • 1/2 ounce (15ml) Simple Syrup (optional) , or to taste - depends on the sweetness of your blood orange juice
  • blood orange wedge for garnish


  • Combine blood orange juice, cognac, grand marnier, and bitters in an ice filled co*cktail shaker.

  • Shake it like an earthquake for 15 seconds. Taste for flavor and add simple syrup if desired. Shake again for a few seconds if simple syrup is added.

  • Strain into your co*cktail glass (can be served over ice or sans ice depending on your preference). Garnish if desired.


Note 1: Angostura Bitters make a nice substitute. Gives a slight different flavor than the orange bitters, but is usually easier to find.
Note 2: A basic simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water. example- One cup sugar dissolved in one cup of water. We usually make larger batches and keep on hand in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Information per Serving

Calories: 167kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 2mg, Potassium: 119mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 113IU, Vitamin C: 28mg, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 1mg

Course: Drinks

Cuisine: co*cktails, Fruit, Garden Recipes

Calories: 167

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  1. Nora February 29, 2008 @ 10:44 pm Reply

    Your blog rocks! Love the photos and stories. I’m so glad that you dropped by my blog because now I’ve discovered yours. We have a bit of “white on rice couple” syndrome going on in our home too. 😉 Love the decade bands (awww!).

  2. Lil February 28, 2008 @ 2:44 am Reply

    finally got a chance to catch up on post readings and i’m glad to see this post, since i’m new here and it’s great to be able to know a little more about the wonderful people behind such lovely blog 🙂

  3. amysep February 22, 2008 @ 12:22 pm Reply

    Damn you!! You’re so lucky to have fruit-bearing trees on your property. I love my city-living, but I do dream of the day I have enough land to have some trees and can grow lots of veggies. Our 10 ft by 15 ft. backyard in Brooklyn allows us to grow some stuff, but I’m definitely jealous of what you guys can grow. Blood oranges are in the market now (and cheap!), so I’m thinking of making this delicious-looking side-car recreation this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration. – Amy @

  4. Christine February 22, 2008 @ 12:15 am Reply

    Should I admit this? — I didn’t know what a meme was before today. I’m such a nerd. Thanks for the tag (is that how you say it?). I’m just really jazzed to find other who love our food/culture/history as much as I do. You guys rock the boat!

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