Blood Orange & Bourbon

A simple & delicious cocktail with oranges, bourbon and angostura bitters.

Blood orange & bourbon /

This one’s for Jack. He’s a trooper with this whole blog thing. A typical night in our kitchen looks like this: He walks in the door as I’m chopping, cooking, and setting up for our photo-session. Before he has a chance to sit down, I’m barking orders politely explaining the plan for the night.

I hand him a sorry excuse for a cocktail (usually bourbon + ice) and we get to work. If I’m feeling kind, I add a splash of honey or maple syrup. If I can tell he’s had a stressful day (and he’s going to be a moody photographer) I make it extra boozy.

So he was pleasantly surprised the night I told him his only task would be to taste test and mix up this drink. A rough job, I know, but someone’s gotta do it.

Blood orange & bourbon / Blood orange & bourbon /

blood orange & bourbon

Serves: serves 1, scale accordingly
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (strain the pulp if you wish)
  • 3-5 tablespoons bourbon (depends on how boozy you want it)
  • 2-3 drops of Angostura bitters
  • splash of sparkling water
  • orange slices & sprigs of mint, for garnish
  1. Mix & serve!
  2. (Alternatively, omit the sparkling water, shake everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve in a rocks glass).


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  1. Beth

    Loved this! Had to sub cara cara oranges for blood oranges! But it seems as so amazing so easy!

  2. Jess

    I love this recipe! I make an easy giant batch for parties:

    Three 25oz bottles of blood orange juice
    1.4 L bourbon
    1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters

    I mix that up in a pitcher with ice and sparkling water on the side.

  3. A friend made these for a southern holiday feast we were hosting and they were a huge hit! Plus they photographed beautifully 🙂

  4. I podcast with someone who has a column on mocktails and is a serious cocktailer (is that a word? oh well, made it one!). Every week, we talk about what cocktail we’re drinking and she outshines me with violet liquors and fancy ice cubes. I usually wind up drinking whiskey with a splash of something in it, so this is clearly my kind of drink. {favorite version to date = whiskey + blood orange juice + amarina cherry juice} These gorgeous pictures don’t make me feel as bad about my cocktail naivety, er, simple taste in drinks :]

  5. Can you get anything look more fresh than that?! Wow!

    • jeanine

      thanks… I do enjoy fresh food 🙂

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Hello, we're Jeanine and Jack.

We love to eat, travel, cook, and eat some more! We create & photograph vegetarian recipes from our home in Chicago, while our shiba pups eat the kale stems that fall on the kitchen floor.