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. Becky from

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

  2. Ashley from

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

  3. Eileen from

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

  4. James from

    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!

  5. Hollie from

    Hello Friday night drink!

  6. 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!

  7. Natasha from

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

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

  9. Laura from

    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

      Hi Laura! We usually have Bulleit.

  10. Stacy from

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

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

  12. Christy Soulian

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

    • jeanine

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

  13. Beth Lowe

    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

  14. Ashley from

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

  15. Natalie from

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

  16. Melissa from

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

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

    • jeanine

      thanks… I do enjoy fresh food 🙂

  18. 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 :]

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

  20. 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.

  21. Beth

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

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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.