Cara Cara Gin & Tonic Recipe

Brandy O'Neill | Nutmeg Nanny

This Cara Cara Gin & Tonic is a vibrant way to celebrate happy hour. It's especially great for chasing away the winter blues.

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Winter isn’t all about snow and cold temperatures. It’s also about citrus - bright, delicious citrus. Two years ago I discovered the amazing-ness of Cara Cara oranges. If you have never had a Cara Cara orange, you will be surprised the first time you cut them open. They have the most delicious red colored flesh.

It reminds me of a ruby red grapefruit but the taste is totally different. It’s sweet, juicy and perfect for eating out of the hand. However, this year I decided that it needed to go into a cocktail. I know, you’re shocked.

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Now when I thought of what type of cocktail I should throw together, I immediately thought of gin. Gin is my go-to spirit and I will happily drink it at any party, wedding or bar.

I usually mix it with tonic and a squeeze of lime, or some fresh herbs (like in my Basil Gin Smash) but now that I know it pairs so lovely with orange my mind is slowly changing. The fresh orang juice brings out the sweet floral notes in the gin (which I’m a huge fan of) and the tonic gives it just a little added sweetness.

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If you’re new to drinking tonic make sure you pick you go with quality tonic. I personally love Q Tonic, but whatever your favorite is will work here.

Plus, if you’re anything like me you will view the added orange juice as a good reason to drink this cocktail before noon. I’m pretty sure my bloody Mary drinking grandfather agrees. 

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Cara Cara Gin & Tonic Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 4 ounces Cara Cara Orange Juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce Good Quality Gin
  • 4 ounces Tonic Water


  1. In a large glass add ice, cara cara orange juice, gin and tonic.
  2. Give a gentle stir and drink ice cold. 


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Author: Brandy O'Neill
Recipe Yields: 1 drink
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 170

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 12mg
Total Carbohydrate 20g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 16g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Brandy O'Neill

About Brandy

Brandy loves all things culinary, as documented on Nutmeg Nanny. But we're especially excited for her boozy cocktails and kid-friendly mocktails as our Cocktails and Mocktails Fanatic.

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