This simple Blood Orange Bourbon is a tangy and refreshing cocktail that’s so easy to make! With just 3 ingredients, you can become your own bartender in the comfort of your own kitchen.
If you’re looking for the perfect balance of sweet and sour with a touch of boozy, this blood orange bourbon is the cocktail for you!
And the deep dark color of a blood orange makes it the perfect ingredient for a beautiful and delicious drink for happy hour. Take a look!
Try one of our other favorite blood orange drinks – this Blood Orange Vodka cocktail is perfect on a hot afternoon!
Why You’ll Love this Blood Orange Cocktail
With only 3 easy ingredients, you can get together this tangy drink in a matter of minutes. Elegant, refreshing, and so simple, this colorful cocktail is one you’ll revisit again and again!
And if you love cocktails with citrus flavors, try this Blue Lagoon Cocktail as well. It’s like a tropical vacation in a glass!
Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail Ingredients
- simple syrup – Simple syrup adds sweetness to contrast the sour, citrusy orange.
- blood oranges – provides this drink with its signature sour kick and red-orange tint!
- bourbon of choice – no need to splurge or go out of your way, use whatever bourbon works best with your budget and preferences!
- ice cubes – this cocktail is best served cold.
- Juice 1 1/2 of the blood oranges. Reserve one half of one of the blood oranges for garnishing the drink.
- Pour blood orange juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add two tablespoons of simple syrup. Add in the bourbon. Shake well.
- Add ice to the glass and pour in over ice into the glass. Top with one or two slices of the blood orange.
What does a blood orange taste like?
Unlike classic oranges, blood oranges have a signature red color and a flavor that is reminiscent of not only oranges but also grapefruit and even other fruits like cherries and raspberries.
Can I add blood orange bitters?
Absolutely, blood orange bitters will enhance the blood orange flavor and pair well with the bourbon.
How do I make a blood orange bourbon Old Fashioned?
Adding your choice of bitters will make this blood orange bourbon more akin to an Old Fashioned.
If you want to go really classic, muddle some water with a sugar cube instead of using simple syrup, but if you don’t mind, the syrup is an easy substitute that saves a bit of time.
When are blood oranges in season?
Citrus comes in season in the winter time. You’ll find the best fresh blood oranges from December through April, approximately.
There are several varieties, and if you want more information on how to choose the best blood oranges, how to store them, and more, check out this informative post from Ask the Food Geek!
What can I substitute for blood oranges?
If you want to make this cocktail, but blood oranges are not in season, you can buy blood orange juices! This way, you can enjoy this refreshing drink any time of the year.
Are blood oranges healthy to eat?
Yes they sure are! Blood oranges are chock full of antioxidants, making this a perfect drink, especially of course, if you skip the alcohol and turn this into a mocktail instead!
Popular Variations and Substitutions
- To make this a bourbon sour, add some lemon juice and garnish with a Maraschino cherry. You can also add an egg white while shaking which makes for a frothy, foamy layer on the top of the drink. This is called a Boston Sour!
- This drink can also be made with whatever variety of orange you like, especially if blood oranges are out of season.
Appetizer Recipes You’ll Love
- This Blood Orange Tequila Spritzer is a sweet and refreshing drink that’s perfect for any citrus lovers!
- Easy Taco Cups – These adorable taco cups are made with wonton wrappers and baked in muffin tins for handheld and delicious treats.
- Greek Yogurt Dip – With just 5 ingredients and 10 minutes, you’ll have a creamy dip that’s great for dipping veggies, chips, and more!
- Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart Bread – This tasty and filling appetizer is perfect for parties!
Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 2 blood oranges
- 2 oz. bourbon of choice
- Place ice in a shaker.
- Juice 1 1/2 of the blood oranges. Reserve one half for topping the drink.
- Pour blood orange juice into the shaker.
- Add two tablespoons of simple syrup.
- Add in the bourbon.
- Shake well.
- Add ice to the glass and pour in over ice into the glass.
- Top with two slices of the blood orange.
- Add some lemon juice and a cherry to make this a bourbon sour.
- Feel free to use another variety of orange for this cocktail.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 6gSugar: 43gProtein: 3g