A twist on the classic cocktail, the Blood Orange Old Fashioned adds a fruity depth to the whiskey and bitters base.
The Blood Orange Old Fashioned is a spin on the traditional Old Fashioned, a whiskey cocktail dating back to the 1800s. This updated version adds blood oranges to the mix. It imparts a distinctive citrus taste and vibrant hue, setting it apart from its classic counterpart.
Blood oranges have a unique flavor profile compared to regular oranges. Their orange juice boasts a deep red hue, rich in sweetness and tartness. When combined with bourbon and bitters, blood oranges create a harmonious blend in this updated classic cocktail.
Find the ingredient amounts listed in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. Here is a rundown of what you need for this enticing bourbon cocktail.
- Bourbon or Rye Whisky. Either is a great choice for an old-fashioned, but for this one I used bourbon. It has a caramel-like flavor and smoother mouthfeel than other whiskeys.
- Blood orange juice. The blood orange juice provides a sweet, tangy flavor and stunning color.
- Granulated sugar. For a touch of sweetness.
- Angostura bitters. Classic bitters that add depth to the cocktail.
- Big ice cube. A large ice cube minimizes the surface area, keeping your drink chilled without watering it down.
- Garnish. A blood orange slice or orange peel for a simple presentation.
Muddler: To muddle the sugar, juice, and bitters together in the glass.
Rocks glass: A sturdy, short glass with a wide rim to enjoy the cocktail's aroma
Add blood orange juice, sugar, and bitters to an old-fashioned glass.
Use a cocktail stirrer to mix until most of the sugar has dissolved.
Place a big ice cube in the glass, then pour over the bourbon. Stir gently.
Garnish with a slice of blood orange.
Variations and substitutions
- Switch the blood orange juice for normal orange juice.
- Replace the bourbon with your favorite whiskey or smoky mezcal for a unique flavor.
- Add a dash of orange bitters for an extra layer of citrus complexity.
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 2-3 dashes of Angostura orange bitters
- ¾ oz (20ml) blood orange juice
- 2 oz (60ml) of bourbon or rye whiskey
- Large ice cube
- Add blood orange juice, sugar, and bitters to an old-fashioned glass. Use a cocktail stirrer to mix until most of the sugar has dissolved.
- Place a big ice cube in the glass, then pour over the bourbon. Stir gently.
- Garnish with a slice of blood orange.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 1mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 0g