Easy Blood Orange Mocktail (with Rosemary and Lemongrass)

This blood orange mocktail is not only extremely easy to do, but because it’s freshly squeezed, is also good for you! Mocktails don’t get any easier than this!

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Blood orange mocktail with rosemary and lemongrass
Blood orange mocktail with rosemary and lemongrass

We’re in the middle of March now, and the blood orange season here in the UK is fast drawing to a close. All our blood oranges are imported, mainly from Italy, some from Spain.

The late season blood oranges are softer to the touch, yield more juice and are most definitely, sweeter than the early and mid season ones, producing the most exquisite juice.

blood orange slices
blood orange slices

What are Blood Oranges?

Blood oranges are, as the name suggests, a variety of orange. They are so called because their flesh is a dark red, blood-like colour. This colour is caused by the same pigment that gives you red and purple vegetables, anthocyanin. 

Blood oranges are a touch sweeter than regular oranges, with hints of raspberry and with also a touch of bitter. They also have a deeper aroma.

You can read more about Blood Oranges here.

with that colour, you know it’s good for you!

Blood Orange Mocktail

The juice of the blood orange, especially at this time of the year, is deliciously sweet and complex. It makes a wonderful drink.

So I thought I’d jazz it up a little, instead of just serving fresh orange juice, I thought blood orange mocktail would sound better! But I still wanted to keep it simple.

So we’ve got:

  • freshly squeezed blood orange juice
  • a little rosemary
  • lemongrass
  • some fizzy water (I’m using Perrier)
Perrier adds just that little bit of class

That’s all you need, and the kids and non drinking adults don’t have to feel like they’re missing out when they have this blood orange mocktail in hand! My oldest, the fruit-hating vegetarian, loves this drink. So you know it’s got to be good!

If you want to jazz it up even more, use one of your favourite mixers (tonic water). These days, there are so many brands and flavours out there, you are spoilt for choice.

The final drink is a delicious blend of citrusy sweet, pine, grassy with hints of lemon and a touch of woody.

What? You need to turn this into an adult drink?

Really? Must you? Alright, alright.

Orange juice is very cocktail friendly and there are so many spirits that it loves. Some of my favourites:

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Blood orange mocktail

Easy Blood Orange Mocktail (with Rosemary and Lemongrass)

An easy blood orange mocktail recipe for non drinkers and kids that is a delicious blend of citrusy sweet flavours with scents of pine, charred wood and hints of lemon.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International, Italian
Keyword: alcohol free, drinks, non alcoholic
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 17kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor
Cost: £1 ($1.20) per serving


  • 4 blood oranges, large
  • 2 lemongrass, bruised
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, small ones will do, see images
  • 200 ml (4/5 cup) fizzy water to top up
  • ice cubes (about 2 per serving)


  • Squeeze the juice out of your blood oranges and set aside in a jug.
  • Pick a few leaves the bottom of the rosemary sprigs. You only need about 5 leaves per serving. Divide the leaves between 2 glasses, and using a muddler or the back of a teaspoon, crush the rosemary leaves slightly. You don't need to go mad here, rosemary is such a powerful herb, a little bruising is all that's needed to release its essential oils and aroma.
    What I like to do, is lightly char the rosemary twigs first. Just 2-3 seconds on the stove will do. Then, once they're not burning hot, pick the leaves and continue with this step. This introduces a burnt wood aroma, which is really nice and just another layer to our simple drink.
  • Chop of a little of the top of the lemongrass to tidy up. Using the back of a knife, pound down on the bulbous (thick) end of the lemongrass to split it a little. This is you bruising the lemongrass. Read more about it here. Place a bruised lemongrass in each glass.
  • Drop in the ice cubes.
  • Pour in the blood orange juice, dividing equally between the 2 glasses. Using the lemongrass stalk, just stir everything up, just a little, to mix the flavours and aromas.
  • Top with the fizzy water and garnish with a rosemary spring in each glass and serve immediately.

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Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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16 thoughts on “Easy Blood Orange Mocktail (with Rosemary and Lemongrass)”

  1. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    5 stars
    This is a great mocktail recipe. My sisters rarely drink anything with alcohol so I guess this one would be a welcome treat for them next time we meet up. It looks so refreshing and delicious! A perfect drink to enjoy for our bonding moments!

  2. 5 stars
    This is looks yum delicious drink and perfect for summer I would love to make this at home for now I will save this post Thanks for this!

  3. This looks divine! I’ve been trying to curve how much alcohol I’ve been drinking so I will definitely have to make this. I can’t wait to check out your other recipes – your food pictures are beautiful!

  4. Rose Dawson

    5 stars
    I just made it and it’s so delicious! I felt like I was having a real drink, the herbs are really nice in there. Thanks Lin.

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