Blood Orange & Bourbon Cocktail

blood orange bourbon cocktail from rosemarried

I think it goes without saying that blood oranges are much prettier than their standard orange counterparts. When it comes to flavor, however, the general consensus is that blood oranges actually tastes a lot like standard oranges.

But, that is beside the point. I believe that blood oranges taste better than all other oranges, but this belief is based purely on aesthetics. The vibrant, blood red flesh of a blood orange has so much allure and appeal. (You could even say that it’s a sexy fruit?) And, for this reason alone, I am of the opinion that blood oranges taste better than other oranges.

It might be shallow, but it’s true.

So, thank goodness for blood orange season and all the culinary possibilities that come with it. I’ve been making up blood orange cocktails for the past few weeks, and I think this one has emerged as the favorite. It’s simple, refreshing, and lovely. It’s blood orange and bourbon…what’s not to like?


Adapted from Love & Lemons

Serves 1, scale accordingly

1/3 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (strain to remove pulp and seeds)
3-5 tablespoons bourbon (depends on how boozy you want it)
1 teaspoon simple syrup
3-4 drops of Angostura bitters
1 large ice cube
garnishes: blood orange slices & sprigs of mint


Place a few ice cubes into a cocktail shaker and pour blood orange juice, bourbon, and simple syrup over the ice. (Feel free to throw in a muddled mint sprig as well.) Shake for 30-60 seconds, or until drink is cold.

In a rock glass, place one over-sized ice cube. Using the shaker lid, strain and pour the cocktail into the glass. Shake a few drops of bitters into the cocktail, and gently stir. Garnish with mint and a slice of blood orange. Enjoy immediately (and responsibly!).

6 Responses

  1. Jacqueline says:

    Um, can I have one of those NOW please? Like, in front of me on my desk? Cause that would TOTALLY make my day better.

  2. Maria Tadic says:

    I love blood oranges and am convinced they taste better than regular oranges. Tho I’d probably fail a taste test!

  3. Steve says:

    Very nice, thanks – we varied this as follows with good results: 2oz juice, 1oz bourbon, 0.5oz Aperol, 0.5 tsp agave syrup, dash Angostura bitters

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