The Little Epicurean

Feb 11 2015

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

My all time favorite cocktail is the old fashioned.  It’s the very first cocktail recipe I shared on my blog.  Although it’s a simple drink, when prepared correctly it’s magical.

There’s something about the play of orange and bourbon that just works together.  During the holidays, I created cranberry orange bourbon concoction.  It was such a hit with friends, that I figured a Valentine’s Day version would be very much welcomed.  Taking advantage of the citrus season, I knew blood oranges would provide the perfect je ne sais quoi.

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

Alex and I are always on the hunt for bourbons to try.  Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon is our newest venture.  It smells very sweet and oaky.  It’s mellow enough to drink neat, yet strong enough to be used in a mixed drink.

This blood orange bourbon cocktail is similar to a whiskey sour.  The combination of citrus juices (orange and lime) and ginger syrup creates a fresh and vibrant sour mix that’s better than any of those pre-made, bottled stuff you find at the liquor store.   And to ensure that this cocktail stayed a striking red hue, I muddled in fresh raspberries.  Not only is this cocktail quite the eye-catcher, it’s light and refreshing.  It makes me excited for spring and look forward to summer!

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

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Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

This blood orange bourbon cocktail is similar to a whiskey sour. The combination of citrus juices and ginger syrup creates a fresh and vibrant sour mix that's better than any of those pre-made, bottled stuff you find at the liquor store.

Yield: serves 1


  • 4 fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp blood orange juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ginger syrup (recipe follows)
  • 4 Tbsp bourbon
  • 2 Tbsp sparkling soda

Ginger Syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 inches ginger, peeled and sliced into disks


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle together raspberries, lime juice, orange juice and ginger syrup.  Add bourbon.  Stir to combine.  Strain into a glass with ice.  Top with sparking soda.  Garnish with fresh raspberries and a blood orange slice.

Ginger Syrup:  Combine water, sugar, and ginger in a small sauce pot.  Bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  Strain out ginger and store ginger syrup in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use.

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Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

Disclosure: Four Roses Bourbon provided me with products to create this recipe.

13 Responses to “Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail”

  1. February 11, 2015
    6:11 am

    Old fashioned’s are without a doubt my favorite cocktail! So simple and so perfect. How absolutely gorgeous is this play on it?! Soooo gorgeous. Pinned!

  2. February 11, 2015
    6:53 am

    This is such a stunning twist to the old fashioned! You are one talented gal when it comes to cocktails. Pinning!

  3. February 11, 2015
    7:38 am

    I love all your cocktail recipes, girl! I juiced a whole bunch of blood oranges last week but couldn’t decide what to do with it…now I know exactly what I’m going to use the juice for :D

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Tina! I’m gonna pretty upset once blood orange season is over! :(

  4. February 12, 2015
    9:14 pm
    Trish says...

    Old fashioneds are my fave too! But man… I LOVE blood orange. This is such a beautiful cocktail. Need to give this a try!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      I love meeting other fellow old fashioned lovers! Thanks Trish! Cheers! :)

  5. February 18, 2015
    11:00 am

    These look fabulous! I love the flavor idea (and color!) of the blood oranges & raspberries with the bourbon. I might have to visit my liquor cabinet tonight and whip up a few of these!

    • Maryanne Cabrera replied...

      Thanks Jessie! I can’t get enough of blood orange these days!

  6. February 20, 2015
    10:21 am

    I have bourbon, I have blood oranges, and it is Friday. The only thing that’s missing is one of these in my hand. Cheers to Friday!

  7. March 9, 2015
    11:05 pm
    Elena Shetty says...

    Blood orange bourbon cocktail. I’m going to make this beautiful old fashioned cocktail on my next date. With its gorgeous color plus a slice of orange and raspberries. He’ll be stunning! This deserve a good try.

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