Does anyone else crave citrus in the winter like I do? Jeanine here, and I’ve been on a citrus kick for weeks now… first in salads, then main dishes and now, in perhaps my favorite food group of all, the cocktail. I just love how the blood oranges add natural sweetness, and also a pop of color. We drink with our eyes first, right?

Blood Orange & Bourbon

serves 1, scale accordingly


  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice (strain the pulp if you wish)
  • 3-5 tablespoons bourbon (depends on how boozy you want it)
  • 2-3 drops of Angostura bitters
  • splash of sparkling water
  • orange slices & sprigs of mint, for garnish


Mix & serve!

Alternatively, omit the sparkling water, shake everything in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve in a rocks glass.

photos & recipe by Love & Lemons

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Comments (26)
  1. 1
    HourglassAndBloom February 7, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Ummmmmmmmm those are two of my favorite things! AND I just bought blood oranges to concoct some sort of cocktail with! Loving this 🙂


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    [email protected] February 7, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Yum! This sounds wonderful. I am thinking of trying it with my fave bourbon, Angel’s Envy– it’s a little tough to find, but worth the hunt. It’s aged in port wine barrels, so would be lovely with citrus like this! Cheers!

    • Jeanine Donofrio February 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

      Ooh, I’ll have to search for that brand (their package design is to die for!)

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    Dose of Dash February 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Gorgeous photos!

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    Sarah [Sarah The Architect] February 7, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Jeanine, this looks so glamorous! Blood oranges really step it up a notch. I haven’t fully developed a taste for Bourbon, but this seems like a good place to start.

    • Jeanine Donofrio February 7, 2013 at 3:46 pm

      Thanks Sarah! Bourbon isn’t so much my thing either (my husband Jack is really into it), but I really like it here… it’s lighter and less overwhelmingly bourbon tasting than, say, and old fashioned.

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    Camille Styles February 7, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    These are so beautiful, and I have no doubt they’re going to be delicious, too. I might just mix one up for my own little “happy hour” this evening… And I love great cocktail recipes that only call for a handful of ingredients!

    • Jeanine Donofrio February 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

      I hope you liked it! I know… I have little patience for cocktails with too many components 🙂

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    Michele Westrick (Lovely Notes) February 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Love this idea for a cocktail. I recently developed a taste for bourbon, especially with honey! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jeanine Donofrio February 8, 2013 at 9:59 am

      Me and you both. I love it with honey (or sometimes maple) too.

      • Camille Styles February 8, 2013 at 10:18 am

        Oh YUM – maple sounds like such a great combo!!

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    grace hope February 9, 2013 at 7:40 am

    looks yummy! I know what I will be making this weekend.

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    Y February 11, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    What a gorgeous post, and yummy recipe! The color in the drink is impeccable

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    Jessica February 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Wow. I came to this recipe through a Pinteret pin. I rarely drink during the week, but after a horribly long and stressful day today, I came home and mixed this up. It is so amazing! Perfect winter drink!