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Cocktail du Jour ... Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

When I shared our bourbon bar last week I shared that we love our bourbon cocktails, but that is kind of a given, right?  Lawyer prefers his on the rocks or neat and I prefer to fancy mine up some.  Since getting a bottle of my new favorite bourbon, Blade & Bow, I have been playing with some fabulous new cocktails and trying some I have discovered.  One of those would be a Blood Orange Bourbon Smash which I had seen on a menu of a new restaurant in town. I love blood oranges (they are so yummy and the fun surprise when you cut them) and orange + bourbon is one of my favorite combinations.

Blood oranges are in season at the moment so I knew this was the perfect time to try this yummy cocktail.  Available from December to May the oranges require a certain weather to develop its red color.  Named for its blood red flesh this orange is unique because it is the only citrus fruit to contain anthocyanins, an antioxidant normally found in flowers and red or purple vegetables.  Not only are these beautiful oranges delicious, but they are good for you as well and this makes them perfect for adding to recipes ... and cocktails.

I am happy to report this drink is de-licious.  The mixture of the blood orange juice and the muddled orange slice mixed with mint (another must have of mine) and maple syrup is so yummy. 

Yield: 2 drinks

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash


  • 4 mint leaves
  • 3 oz. Blade & Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • 3 oz. blood orange juice (3 to 4 oranges to yield enough to muddle and for garnish)
  • 1 oz. maple syrup
  • 6 drops of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. aromatic bitters
  • crushed ice
  • blood oranges slices, for garnish and a few for muddling
  • 2 fun rocks glasses
  • 2 darling monogram cocktail napkins


Muddle mint leaves and 2 slices of orange in the bottom of your cocktail shaker. Add in bourbon, blood orange juice, maple syrup and bitters and a few ice cubes to chill your cocktail. Fill two glasses with crushed ice and split the bourbon mixture between the two glasses.  Garnish with a slice of orange and enjoy with someone special. 

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Give it a try ... you will find it delicious and refreshing as well. I love it here paired with a Collier Rose Ink cocktail napkin and a cocktail glass from White Elephant Designs.

Happy Friday, happy weekend!!

Image by Kristen Hechler

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