Bubbly ginger blood orange smoothie

This ginger blood orange smoothie is half soda, half smoothie and completely delicious!

We’re interrupting doughnut week for a quick health break. I don’t know about you, but after the donut massacre that went down in my house yesterday, I could use a smoothie. Or 10.

It’s blood orange season and while I really don’t think they taste that dramatically different from a regular navel orange, their color is so striking that it somehow seduces me into spending triple what a normal orange costs as I load them in my cart every year.

Blood Orange Smoothie

I bought this amazing ginger brew a few weeks ago at Trader Joe’s and fell absolutely in love with the stuff. It’s spicy, strong and like the badass cousin of the ginger ale in the soda aisle. I mixed it with some oj one night (an old childhood favorite)  and have been drinking some variation of that every day since.

Blood Orange Soda

Yesterday it was with blood orange juice, a little banana and ice. What resulted was half soda, half smoothie and full on deliciousness that got sucked down in about 5 seconds flat between donut taste testing.

There are so many things I could complain about during winter, this isn’t one of them.

Back to donuts tomorrow! And I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to share a recipe with you before so don’t miss it. Sneak peek here!

Bubbly ginger blood orange smoothie
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This ginger blood orange smoothie is half soda, half smoothie and completely delicious!
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 1-2
  • 1 blood orange
  • ¼ cup ginger ale (or ginger brew if you have it)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ small banana
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash ground ginger
  • handful of ice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.



  1. says

    I’m not a big smoothie person (pause for reaction) but I DO love blood oranges. You’re right about them: They somehow attract you with their sexy color and you’re a-goner. I should try this, though. I need to seek out this ginger brew from TJ’s you speak of! Sounds delicious!

  2. Cali says

    Is TJ’s the only store that sells this special ginger brew? Does it have a name?
    Thanks, this recipe sounds great.

    • Running to the Kitchen says

      It’s the only place I’ve seen it and it’s literally just called ‘ginger brew’. Ginger ale would be fine as a replacement though.


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