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Nothing beats a delicious, homemade Old Fashioned classic cocktail – especially one made with the unique and flavorful blood orange. This step-by-step guide will show you how to create a perfectly balanced, delicious blood orange Old Fashioned. 

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Making the Perfect Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Get ready to mix up the perfect blend of sweet and sour, as you combine simple ingredients like sugar, whiskey, and of course, blood orange juice. With this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll be able to craft a cocktail that’s both delicious and unique – the perfect way to impress your friends or just unwind for the day. So, let’s get started on making the perfect cocktail – a Blood Orange Old Fashion.

Gather the Ingredients for your Blood Orange Old Fashion

The first step to making a perfect Blood Orange Bourbon Old Fashioned is to gather the ingredients. You’ll need a blood orange, orange bitters, simple syrup, blood orange syrup, whiskey, and a big ice cube.

Ingredient Notes

Blood Oranges – A classic Old Fashioned gets a unique twist with the addition of sweet blood orange juice and a hint of tartness from orange bitters. Blood oranges are the ideal citrus fruit to use for this cocktail because of their unique flavor profile. 

Angostura Bitters – Orange bitters (we like using Angostura Bitters) are an essential ingredient in any Old Fashioned. They are an aromatic combination of orange peel, herbs, spices, and seeds. Orange bitters add a unique citrus flavor to the cocktail. 

Sugar Cubes – Are used to create a simple syrup that is used to sweeten this blood orange bourbon old fashioned.

Blood Orange Simple SyrupBlood Orange Syrup is used to give your cocktail a bit of extra flavor.

Whiskey – This Old Fashion Cocktail is traditionally made with bourbon whiskey, but any whiskey will work well in this cocktail.


You can substitute the blood orange for regular oranges (usually the Navel Orange variety) or our favorites are Cara Cara Oranges as your garnish as long as you use the blood orange syrup in this drink. Blood oranges are a seasonal fruit that typically grows on citrus trees and are harvested between February and March.

What Equipment do I need to make a Blood Orange Bourbon Old Fashioned?

You need just a few pieces of equipment to make this bourbon cocktail:

How to make a Blood Orange Old Fashion

Enjoy your perfect Blood Orange Old Fashioned Cocktail

Blood oranges are one of the most popular varieties of oranges, and for good reason. The sweet, juicy fruit has a delicate flavor that blends well with other citrus ingredients like lemon and lime. If you love the flavor of blood oranges, then you’re sure to love this twist on a traditional old fashioned cocktail! The best part? This drink also happens to be super easy to make, so there’s no reason not to try it out. 

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Blood Orange Old Fashion Cocktail

  • Author: The Solo Spoon
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1
  • Category: Drinks


When it comes to mixed drinks, you can never go wrong with a classic old fashioned. This recipe is a twist on a class using a blood orange. This cocktail is lightly sweet and smooth as can be, with a hint of citrus.


  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • 6 Drops Bitters
  • 1 ounce Blood Orange Syrup
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • Orange Peel or Wedge
  • Ice


  1. Grab your cocktail glass and place the sugar cube in the bottom.
  2. Shake the bitters over the sugar cube so it soaks it up.
  3. Use your muller to completely crush the sugar cube.
  4. Toss some ice in your glass and pour your bourbon over the time.
  5. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  6. Rub your orange peel around the rim of the glass, then drop it in your drink. Enjoy!


  • If you’re having issues with your sugar not dissolving, pour the bourbon in before the ice and stir. You can also add a teaspoon of water to the sugar before adding the ice and bourbon.
  • If you want more of a citrus kick, squeeze an orange wedge into your glass after adding the bourbon.
  • I’ve added up to 10 drops of bitters before, but some add less. This part is a preference. I would start with 6 drops and you can adjust after tasting.
  • I normally just place drops of bitters in until the sugar cube is soaked. This is usually a good way of telling if you have enough.
  • Add cocktail cherries for another fun pop of color and flavor.

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