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Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Warm evenings call for a special drink, and the Blood Orange Old Fashioned fits the bill perfectly. This twist on the classic Old Fashioned incorporates the vibrant tartness of blood orange juice, enhancing the rich flavors of bourbon. With a hint of maple syrup for sweetness and orange bitters for depth, it’s a refreshing choice that balances zest and sophistication. You’ll love the playful mix of citrus with the traditional strong notes of whiskey.

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blood orange old fashioned

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Prep Time: 5 minutes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blood orange, old fashioned variations
Servings: 1 drink
Author: Paul Kushner
Try a refreshing Blood Orange Old Fashioned tonight. Perfect for whiskey lovers.


  • 1 1/2 ounces Bourbon you can also use Rye Whiskey
  • 2 teaspoon Maple Syrup
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters you can also use Angostura Bitters
  • 1/2 ounce Blood Orange Juice
  • Orange Slices and Maraschino Cherries for garnish


  • Prepare the Glass:
  • Place a large ice cube in an Old Fashioned glass. This will chill the drink slowly, allowing gradual dilution which is perfect for sipping.
  • Mix the Drink:
  • In the glass, add the bourbon (or rye whiskey). This forms the robust base of the cocktail.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup. This not only sweetens the drink but also adds a smooth, rich flavor that complements the bourbon.
  • Include 2 dashes of orange bitters (or Angostura if you prefer a spicier touch). Bitters help to balance the sweetness of the syrup and the citrus note of the blood orange juice.
  • Pour in 1/2 ounce of blood orange juice for a tart, vibrant twist that makes this Old Fashioned uniquely refreshing.
  • Stir the Drink:
  • Stir the mixture gently in the glass to combine all ingredients thoroughly. This melds the flavors while keeping the integrity of the ice cube intact.
  • Garnish and Serve:
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry on a cocktail stick or simply place them in the drink.
  • Give the cocktail one last gentle stir to release the oils from the orange garnish into the drink, enhancing its aroma and flavor.
  • Enjoy:
  • Serve immediately and enjoy the rich, citrus-infused take on the traditional Old Fashioned.
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Blood Orange Old Fashioned
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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