Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //
Entertain, Flowers, Spring, Travel, Vegetarian, Wine & Cocktails


It’s the first Friday of spring, so my food blogger friends and I thought it was the perfect occasion to celebrate! Today I couldn’t be more excited to bring you the Spring Edition of Connecting Over Cocktails where I’ve teamed up with 7 talented food bloggers across North America to showcase a plethora of floral flavours in cocktail form. If you’re looking for innovative cocktail ideas as we spring forward, you’ve come to the right place — just scroll down to the bottom of this post to see what my fellow Food Bloggers of Canada members whipped up for you this weekend!

I’m embracing this beautiful new season here at JustineCelina with my Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail — inspired by my recent trip to the west coast. Delicate and ultra mellow, this refreshing spring sipper features small batch, hand harvested, artisanal gin from Canada’s Vancouver island complimented by a fusion of orange blossom water and hydrating coconut water, finished with a splash of fresh orange juice. With just 4 ingredients, this elegantly understated gin cocktail is simple to prepare, but sure to impress. My Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktails would be the perfect accompaniment to a light spring lunch, garden party, birthday party or shower. If you’re in the mood for something lighthearted this Friday afternoon, settle in for this ultra floral, spring inspired recipe!


Happy Friday, everyone! Who’s excited for the weekend? It’s definitely starting to feel like spring here in Calgary!

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

By now, we all know just how much I love flowers — and I’ve been itching to play around with floral flavours in a recipe for quite some time! These elegant spring cocktails are inspired by seasonal flavours, springs blooms and a whirlwind trip to the west coast. I’ll be sharing a more from my travels very soon — but for now, I’m elated to bring you a recipe that spans cocktail, flower and travel categories here at JustineCelina! Cheers to fresh experiences and to allowing yourself to be inspired in new ways.

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

As you may have read previously, this year I’ve been focusing on keeping things simple, fresh and clean, even in my RECIPE section. This is without a doubt the most natural, cleanest tasting cocktail I’ve ever created — and not just because of the minimal ingredients list, but because of the purity of the ingredients. I love the flavours of each of these ingredients separately, so I didn’t want to add unnecessary complexity since gin and orange blossom water are both wonderfully complex in their own right. These mellow, 4 ingredient Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktails are a minimalistic approach to spring cocktails, infused with coastal flair!

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

These elegant spring cocktails are also completely free of added sugar and natural sweeteners, making them a great option for those searching for healthier spring refreshments. Of course, you could always add a bit of honey or agave nectar if you prefer your drinks on the sweeter side. I find the inherent sweetness of both the fresh orange juice and coconut water balance these Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktails perfectly, without overwhelming the delicate flavours of the orange blossom water and gin.

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

Have you ever tried orange blossom water? It’s a very unique, distinct taste that’s difficult to describe — bright and clean, slightly bitter and very floral. It plays so beautifully with this Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin, which I discovered during my trip to Vancouver and the island earlier this month. My blogging bud Mel over at A Virtual Vegan lives on the island and very highly recommended Phillips Fermentorium Distilling Co’s STUMP Gin. If you were following along with my Instagram Stories during my trip, you know I ran around like a crazy person trying to track it down all over Vancouver!

Vancouver Coast //

I set out to explore Granville Island on a rainy Saturday and stopped into Liberty Wines (recommended by Sean over at Diversivore) as a possible retailer for STUMP Gin. Unfortunately they didn’t stock it, however, they did recommend the Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin — which I wound up using in this recipe! The staff at Liberty Wines raved about this gin and as soon as they pulled it off the shelf it was love at first sight. The design nerd in me totally swooned over the branding and label (yes, the year and batch number are hand written!), but I was also intrigued by the notes — citrus, floral and sea (yes, sea!). It sounded perfect for this cocktail recipe, which had been dancing around in my head for quite some time. And it turns out it was! I love this gin so much that I also enjoy it just as it is over ice — it’s refined, refreshing and subtly floral.

Sheringham Distillery Seaside Gin | Vancouver Island | Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

If you’re wondering, I did manage to track the STUMP Gin down in Victoria at The Strath Liquor Store on Douglass Street, just off the harbor. It’s also extremely delicious with notes of juniper, cascade hops, grand fir, bay laurel, coriander and lavender. It’s a little more bold and rugged than the Seaside Gin, but also fantastic in cocktails or over ice. I’m totally stocked up on gin for awhile now, but I would have loved to bring more home with me — if my luggage would have allowed! Unless you live on Canada’s west coast, these gins will be challenging to find, so feel free to use your favourite gin in this recipe.

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

I kept the styling minimalistic to reflect the simplicity of the recipe and purity of the ingredients. In the same regard, I kept the lighting and colour palette soft and clean. It’s fun to experiment with different moods and feelings when I’m creating imagery, but I always let my subject matter inform my story. Plus, this showstopping Decorated Hobstar Glassware Set from West Elm really speaks for itself! I actually picked it up for 20% off a couple of weekends ago at my local store, here in Calgary — they run store wide promotions often, which is when I do most of my shopping.

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

I loved working with these large, spherical ice cubes for this recipe (a.k.a. whisky balls or ice balls)! My boyfriend is a scotch drinker (that’s one thing you’ll probably never find a recipe for here at JustineCelina!) and enjoys his scotch on the rocks. He picked these ice ball molds up a few months ago and I haven’t had a chance to work with them until now. From a styling standpoint, they’re a dream — very slow melting and relatively stationary (you don’t have to keep rearranging things as you would while traditional ice cubes melt). And from a drinking standpoint (ha!) they don’t water your cocktail down as quickly if you’re a slow sipper, like me!


Serves 1

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

• 2 oz gin
• 1 oz orange blossom water
• 2 oz freshly squeezed orange juice (Note: 1 orange yields approximately 1 oz of orange juice)
• 4 oz unsweetened coconut water
• Ice

Optional Garnish

• Orange wedge
• Edible flowers or flower petals

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //


1. Fill your cocktail shaker with ice.

2. Add the gin, orange blossom water, orange juice and coconut water.

3. Cap your cocktail shaker, give it a thorough shake and strain into an ice filled cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with an orange wedge and / or edible flowers.

5. Bottoms up!

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

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Looking for more spring cocktail inspiration? Check out these floral cocktails from some of my Canadian food blogger friends! If you’ve been with me for awhile, you’ve likely heard me gush about their talent, passion and creativity — their work is a constant inspiration to me. Not to mention, they sure know how to make a cocktail! This time around we’ve added a couple of new members to our Connecting Over Cocktails family, so be sure to swing by for a spring cocktail and tell them I sent you!

Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

Dana at Killing Thyme’s Spiked Hibiscus Iced Tea

Jared at The Hesitant Chef’s Hopped White Lady

Jen at Mud on Her Boots’s Lavender Orange Bees Knees

Meaghan at Un Assaggio’s Rose Julep

Samantha at My Kitchen Loves’s Rhubarb Pisco Sour

Sean at Diversivore’s Saffron Cava Cocktail

Taylor at The Girl on Bloor’s Cucumber Basil Gin Fizz

P.S. – You can index our recipes via social media with the hashtag #FBCConnectingOverCocktails, if that’s your preferred method of browsing!


Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

Blood Orange Creamsicle Mimosas

Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos

Rosé Lychee Elderflower Sangria

Green Jalapeño Margaritas

White Citrus Sangria


Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail //

What are your favourite spring flavours? I feel like a whole new cocktail world has opened up for me since acquiring a taste for gin — so if you have any spirit recommendations that you think I’d enjoy I’d love to hear from you! And f you try my Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktails (or any of the other cocktails in this roundup) leave me a comment below, or tag me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (please use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations on social media so I can find them)! I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes, if you’re looking for more ideas. Cheers, friends — and enjoy the first weekend of spring!

Thank you to Brit & Co for featuring my Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktails in their 14 Blooming Cocktails to Ring in the Spring roundup and to FeedFeed for featuring them in the Dessert Cocktail feed.

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, and contains my genuine thoughts, ideas and recommendations. JustineCelina uses affiliate and referral links, which allow me to receive a small commission when you make a purchase through one of my links. Thank you for supporting the brands and businesses that support!

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  • Reply Dana March 24, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    I’m glad it’s finally starting to feel like spring for you, my friend! It was lovely here today as well — a breezy 71 degrees!

    This cocktail seems like absolute perfection. I love a light and clean drink, which is probably why my go-to is a simple + lemony vodka club, but this would rank highly on my list for sure. Orange is so rejuvenating! I also absolutely love the bottle that the gin comes in. Small batch distilleries have a knack for beautiful and minimalistic packaging; I never want to throw away those bottles!

    Amazing recipe, lady love! I can’t wait to give this a try. I’m going to have to keep my eyes peeled for some orange blossom water!

    Have a fabulous weekend, gf! xo

    • Reply Justine March 25, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thanks so much, Dana! It’s been such a long, cold winter here in Alberta — but I’m not going to jinx it! I’ve learned to just take the weather as it comes in Calgary — but this morning, brunch on the patio is happening!

      If you try the recipe, please report back! It’s very floral, but my boyfriend also loves these cocktails (which is weird — our palettes are pretty opposite in terms of wine, coffee and spirits!). These guys are so easy to drink — maybe a bit too easy! 😉

      I’m totally going to keep the bottle and use it as a vase for a few simple blooms. 🙂 I have a big cup of coffee in hand and I’m off to oogle your beautiful Spiked Hibiscus Iced Tea!

  • Reply Samantha March 24, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Spring?! Hoping Vancouver catches up with the calendar soon. I have the same ice cube moulds and I love them too. My hubby uses them for scotch, but why not embrace them for all drinks I say? That gin bottle is beautiful and I somehow need to hop over to Victoria and get my hands on a bottle. I love gin and haven’t been the best about trying local distilleries, which is just plain silly. Cheers to your gorgeous drink!

    • Reply Justine March 24, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Yes it’s so strange — it’s much warmer in Calgary now than it was even in Vancouver when I was there. But, sometimes it snows in May so who knows how long this will last… either way, I’m going to savour it!

      They stock this gin at Liberty Wines in the Vancouver area and I’m sure you can find a location close to you! If not, I picked this bottle up at Liberty Wines on Granville Island if you’re heading over there. 😉

      T minus half an hour until I kick back with a gin cocktail and a face mask and check out what everyone else created! I love rhubarb so I know I’m going to love your pisco sour!

      Cheers Samantha — it was so lovely meeting you in person this month!

  • Reply Bernice March 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    I sure don’t mind a bit of floral flavour in my gin cocktail, these remind me a bit of my lilac cocktail! I think I would prefer the orange blossom flavour though. Dang, it’s Friday isn’t it? Cheers to the weekend!

    • Reply Justine March 25, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Hey Bernice! Now that you mention it, it is a bit similar, isn’t it?! I would still love to try a lilac infused drink this spring / summer. I would also love your opinion on those wild mushrooms that grow at my childhood home in rural Alberta! Perhaps we could plan a foraging date / picnic (with cocktails?!) once the weather warms up a bit more. Have a fantastic weekend!

  • Reply Meaghan March 24, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    First gotta admit I’m jealous you’re getting spring weather in Calgary!! Please please send it north to Edmonton 😉 Loved following along with your trip to the west coast. Don’t you LOVE Liberty Wines?! It’s my fav wine shop when I’m in Vancouver. The staff is fab and their selection of wines is outstanding! Hope you stopped by Edible Canada to pick up a few treats. Now let’s talk about this cocktail! I’m all about the wow with little fuss and that’s what this is all about! So gorgeous and I love the flavours. Making note of this gin to try next time I’m in Vancouver. Cheers to a great weekend!!

    • Reply Justine March 25, 2017 at 10:42 am

      If I could send some of our spring vibes north, I totally would! I hope I could bring you some spring — at least digitally. 🙂

      It’s so cool to hear that that you liked following along — I’ve actually been working on a travel guide for quite some time that will publish within the next week or so! And yes, Liberty Wines was a dream. I love BC wine, and some of the smaller productions simply aren’t available here in Alberta (as I’m sure you’re aware!). I totally fell in love with JoieFarm’s Pinot Noir, which I picked up at Liberty as well. I actually lived in Pentiction for a brief stint after college and spent a lot of time along the Naramata Bench but wasn’t familiar with that vineyard until now. I’m on the hunt for that bottle here in Calgary!

      I actually didn’t stop into Edible Canada — honestly there was so much to see and do that I feel like I barely scratched the surface (and I did / ate as much as I possibly could). Haha.

      If you do try the gin (or this recipe!) I’d love your feedback. I’m heading over to savour your Rose Julep (I love working with rose water as well!). Cheers, girl!

  • Reply Jen March 24, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    Holy Hannah, Justine! Those pictures though!! Tell me more about this orange blossom water you speak of. Where would I find it? I’m kinda obsessed with this drink now (orange and gin are like staples here…wait, is that weird?!?)

    Just beautiful! And I love the clean/minimalist/light perspective.

    • Reply Justine March 25, 2017 at 10:35 am

      Gee thanks, Jen! Orange blossom water is a popular ingredient in Mediterranean / Lebanese cuisine and it’s pretty accessible — I picked up the bottle I used in this recipe at Superstore. Sure, there are much fancier versions, but my only requirements are that it contains 2 simple ingredients: distilled water and natural orange blossom flavour — and nothing else. It is really lovely and so refreshing — you just need a splash. 🙂 I’m itching to work with it in more savoury dishes as well.

      As always, it was a pleasure collaborating with you!

  • Reply Sean March 24, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I’m sorry that you didn’t find Stump at Liberty… but I’m damned happy that they had something else that struck such a chord with you! I must say, it really does look and sound like a beautiful gin (that label is pretty amazing), and you’ve done wonderful things with it here. I haven’t tried it, but I feel like I can understand exactly what you mean – it seems like a wonderfully clean recipe. And given my love for both citrus and flowers, you can bet that I’ll be all over this when I can find a nice orange blossom water. Fantastic work as always Justine, and so glad to have been involved in this little collaboration (in more ways than one I suppose!) once again. Cheers!

    • Reply Justine March 25, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Hey no worries my friend — I totally appreciate the recommendation! If you hadn’t mentioned Liberty Wines at the FEAST cookbook launch, I likely wouldn’t have stopped in at all. 🙂 It was so nice to finally meet in person this month!

      And thanks for the drink kudos. After reading your post, this was totally once of those recipes you mentioned in the beginning — it came so easily and the ingredients absolutely inspired the overall direction. They just spoke to me! I did test this one 3 times, but since the recipe is so simple, it was a breeze (testing cocktails is always fun, anyway!).

      I’m off to check out your Saffron Cava Cocktail — it contains a few of my favourite ingredients, so I’m sure it will be lovely (totally in line with the citrus / floral direction we were chatting about, as you mentioned!). Great minds. 🙂 Cheers and have a great weekend!

  • Reply Ayngelina Brogan March 24, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    You are convincing me to ditch winter wine and take on spring cocktails. This looks so lovely.

    • Reply Justine March 25, 2017 at 10:19 am

      I’ve only recently done so myself, Ayngelina! It was a deep freeze in Calgary when I left for Vancouver earlier this month (and I was deep into my winter wine phase, as well!). I came back to much warmer temps and was so inspired to create this recipe with the beautiful artisinal gin I picked up! 😉 Cheers and have a great weekend.

  • Reply Dylan Cutler March 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I am not a cocktail or a wine drinker but now I’m thinking I should be! I would love to know what kind of backgrounds and backdrops you use to get such white, bright photos. I like how there isn’t an evident wall in the background. Care to share? Love your blog as always. Best wishes, Dylan

    • Reply Justine March 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm

      Hey Dylan — gladly! I’m shooting on my standard white marble tile that I purchased from a tile retailer here in Calgary. I use it most often for beauty shoots, but I also use it as a backdrop for food photography when I want a clean, crisp background. I love the subtle reflection is provides!

      The white backdrop that you see is a simple piece of white foamcore — the reason you don’t see a seam is because the subject is set close to my 50mm prime lens, which I have set to a very shallow depth of field (ƒ/2) — this makes the background very blurry, which I love.

      I also shoot in natural light (I have floor to ceiling windows in front and off to the side of the shot) and I use reflectors (here, just white pieces of foamcore!) to bounce the light back and diffuse shadows, creating a natural softbox of sorts. I do very minimal post processing to my photos and really focus on doing as much as I can to get the effects I want straight from the camera. This keeps my workflow efficient and the colours looking natural and accurate.

      Honestly, my set up isn’t fancy at all — I’ve just learned how to work with what I have. 🙂 I hope this is helpful. Let me know if you have any additional questions!

  • Reply Taylor March 30, 2017 at 9:08 am

    You truly are the queen of styling Justine!!! I seriously love everything about this cocktail, from the orange blossom water to the coconut water and the gin. Gin is definitely my go-to spirit of choice these days. There’s something so fruity and floral about it that makes it light and refreshing – perfect for spring! Cheers to another great round-up together 🙂

    • Reply Justine March 30, 2017 at 9:49 am

      You are so sweet, Taylor — thank you! I couldn’t agree more, I love a good gin cocktail during the warmer months. Totally putting your Cucumber Basil Gin Fizz on the menu! It’s always a pleasure collabing with you girl. Cheers!

  • Reply Alexandra | Occasionally Eggs March 30, 2017 at 10:38 am

    This light is so dreamy, Justine, love these pictures!

    • Reply Justine March 30, 2017 at 10:48 am

      Thanks so much Alexandra! That’s what I was going for — I guess the afternoon cloud cover worked out well for me. 🙂 Cheers and thanks for stopping by!

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