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Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

10 minutesPin Recipe

Beautiful, seasonal blood orange cocktail made with fresh juice, bourbon, and topped with a little club soda.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

I’m not sure what it is but whenever I see a recipe post pop up in my editorial calendar, I have a mini-panic attack in my head about what I am going to write for said post.

I absolutely love creating the recipes and sharing them with all of you but the giant father-of-the-internet-search, Google, says I need to write something that goes along with the recipe.

I can’t just post the pretty pictures for you all to enjoy, sans blathering, because then the post would barely, if even, show up in a Google search. So yeah… there’s that.

Also, there is only so much to say about how delicious it is or the like. Instead, sometimes, I just talk about the randomness of my life or anything that’s not about the recipe and then it’s just at the end for you to enjoy.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

I mean, no one really reads all the text that is in between the pictures anyway. And some people even make it perfectly clear with blog comments.

Anyway, enough of my random blathering… haha, see…. Not even about the recipe for the first 200 words. Ugh.

I have really begun enjoying trying my hand at making new and different cocktails for the blog. They are just so easy to photograph and most of the time they are also just so very beautiful.

Just like this blood orange bourbon smash you see here.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

Blood oranges are one of my favorite citrus fruits to experiment with during the winter mainly because of the beautiful color they have. It does really make a gorgeous cocktail.

I’ve also recently taken more of a liking to bourbon. I’ve always been a fan of bourbon but more recently started drinking it more often.

So with the love of blood oranges, new love of a good bourbon, this blood orange bourbon smash was born.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

Beautiful, seasonal blood orange cocktail made with fresh juice, bourbon, and topped with a little club soda.
Pin Recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: 2 drinks


  • 4 slices blood oranges
  • 1 1/2 oz simple syrup *
  • 6 oz blood orange juice **
  • 3 oz bourbon
  • 2 oz club soda (or more)


  • Add slices of blood oranges and simple syrup to drink shaker and muddle lightly.
  • Fill shaker 1/2 full of ice and add blood orange juice and bourbon. 
  • Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. 
  • Pour cocktail into 2 glasses filled 3/4 with ice. Top each with club soda and extra slice of blood orange for garnish.


* simple syrup can be made by heating equal parts water and sugar over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely before using in the cocktail.
** Blood orange juice can be use fresh by squeezing your own blood oranges or purchasing pre-made.
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