Blood Orange & Bourbon

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).

If you make this, let us see! Tag your photo with #loveandlemons on Instagram.


  1. Becky from on said:

    A good cocktail is always a great motivator. Wish I could have one of these…. only 3 more months to go!

  2. Ashley from on said:

    Yes, yes and yes! This is destined to be the weekend’s cocktail.

  3. Oh my god that sounds divine!!!! I LOVE blood oranges!!!

  4. Eileen from on said:

    Ooh, this one may need to happen at our house tonight! Oranges and bourbon are a match made in heaven. 🙂

  5. James from on said:

    The color alone is reason to make this. I cannot wait to try. I might even brave the hail to get me some blood oranges. Yes, hail in LA. That definitely calls for a cocktail. Happy weekend!

  6. Hollie from on said:

    Hello Friday night drink!

  7. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely gorgeous. What a perfect winter cocktail! I’ve been on a huge Manhattan kick lately (I find it a perfect drink to warm my belly on these chilly winter nights) and this looks like such a lovely variation on my theme. Can’t wait to shake a few of these babies up!

  8. Natasha from on said:

    I love bourbon. I love blood oranges. I love angostura. And I love this!

  9. vicki archer from on said:

    Delicious… and sounds like a great job…:) Fabulous photos…
    Enjoy the weekend… xv

  10. Laura from on said:

    Yes to motivation by way of booze. I’ve been enjoying little blood orange or meyer lemon squeezes in my bourbon + rocks lately. So lovely this time of year. And curious-what’s your bourbon of choice at home, Jeanine + Jack?

    • jeanine from on said:

      Hi Laura! We usually have Bulleit.

  11. Stacy from on said:

    Oooh, all ingredients I love! This looks absolutely delicious. Those blood oranges are quite the beauties.

  12. Courtney Jones from on said:

    I think I’ll make these for my boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. He’ll love them!

  13. Christy Soulian on said:

    I love blood oranges! We also have made a blood orange martini, so good!

    • jeanine from on said:

      Hi Christy! We’ll have to try that – Jack loves martini’s 🙂

  14. Kathryn from on said:

    This is simply stunning.

  15. Beth Lowe on said:

    I am making this tonight with the wonderful mandrain oranges I picked up this afternoon at the market. I am also adding St. Germain to the mix. We will see how it turns out. Thanks

  16. Ashley from on said:

    Absolutely gorgeous photos! I’m a bourbon fan, so this is definitely up my alley. The perfect winter drink!

  17. Natalie from on said:

    Whoops! I commented on the wrong post. These cocktails look incredible tough. I love me some blood oranges.

  18. Melissa from on said:

    Oh wow, this looks like a solid cocktail! Sometimes bourbon is overwhelming to me, but the blood orange sounds like its perfect companion.

  19. Dinner-Pal from on said:

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

    • jeanine from on said:

      thanks… I do enjoy fresh food 🙂

  20. 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 :]

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

  22. Jess on said:

    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.

  23. Beth on said:

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

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