Vanilla-Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Vanilla-Orange Blossom Gin Fizz | Kailley's Kitchen

Hey, guys!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’re probably aware of my die-hard love for Nielsen-Massey vanillas. Okay, “full-blown obsession” might be a more accurate way of describing it.

The Waukegan, Illinois-based company has been crafting the finest vanilla extracts money can buy for well over a century, and shows no sign of slowing. And let me put it this way: If any of my recipes call for vanilla (extract, paste, etc), you can bet your bottom dollar I’m using a Nielsen-Massey product– not simply because I love the brand, but because their extracts are truly superior to everything else on the market I’ve ever tried.

I blame my mother, who has been a NM loyalist for decades and taught me that good-quality extracts can make all the difference in a recipe. Thanks, Momma 🙂

So, when the good people at Nielsen-Massey reached out to me about working with them to create a summer drink recipe, you’d better believe I bounced off the walls with excitement and told them, “YES!”

Inspired by NM’s aromatic Orange Blossom Water, I decided to create a “Vanilla-Orange Blossom” gin fizz that employs Nielsen-Massey Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract-infused simple syrup, fresh-squeezed orange juice, a splash of Orange Blossom Water, and club soda for just the right amount of summertime-appropriate effervescence.

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A few other Kailley’s Kitchen recipes featuring Nielsen-Massey vanillas:

Vanilla-Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Vanilla-Orange Blossom Gin Fizz | Kailley's Kitchen

Vanilla-Orange Blossom Gin Fizz

Yield: 1 cocktail


    For the vanilla simple syrup (makes 11/2 cups):
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Tahitian vanilla extract
  • For the cocktail:
  • Ice as needed
  • 2 shots good-quality gin
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh orange juice (from one orange)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey orange blossom water
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla simple syrup
  • 1/4 cup club soda
  • Orange wedge for garnish
  • Sanding sugar to rim glass


  1. Begin with vanilla simply syrup (may be made ahead of time)
  2. Bring water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat
  3. Add sugar and stir until it fully dissolves into the water
  4. Remove pan from heat and set aside to cool
  5. Stir in vanilla extract as syrup cools
  6. Once at room temperature, pour syrup into a 1-pint bottle or jar, seal tightly, and refrigerate until ready to use (unused syrup may last up to 2 months if refrigerated)
  7. Drag an orange wedge around rim of a highball glass (this helps sanding sugar stick to it)
  8. Pour sanding sugar into a small bowl; place glass rim-down in the sugar and twist until sugar clings to rim
  9. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  10. Add gin, orange juice, orange blossom water and simple syrup
  11. Cover and shake vigorously; strain into an ice-filled highball glass
  12. Top with club soda
  13. Garnish with an orange wedge and serve immediately

*This post is sponsored by Nielsen-Massey; however, all opinions are my own. I will NOT endorse a brand unless I fully stand behind its product!

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