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Blood Orange Old Fashioned


The Blood Orange Old Fashioned is a contemporary take on the timeless Old Fashioned cocktail. This innovative variation retains the classic’s essence while introducing vibrant new elements that elevate the drinking experience. The traditional Old Fashioned, known for its simplicity and depth, has always been a staple in the world of cocktails

The Blood Orange Old Fashioned, however, brings a fresh perspective to this historic drink, infusing it with a unique blend of flavors that are both familiar and excitingly novel.

Bourbon, the backbone of any Old Fashioned, brings a warm, rich, and slightly sweet base to the cocktail. It imparts flavors of vanilla, oak, and caramel, providing a smooth and robust foundation. The choice of bourbon can greatly influence the drink’s character, with each brand offering its own unique blend of sweetness, spice, and smokiness. So, I always recommend to opt for your personal preference of spirit brands in order for you to really enjoy the cocktail experience.

In this Old Fashioned variation, I decided to substitute bitters with amaro. Adding a layer of complexity, amaro introduces a bittersweet profile with herbal undertones. This Italian liqueur complements the bourbon’s sweetness with its own earthy, aromatic qualities.

The crucial ingredient that sets this variation apart, blood orange liqueur, infuses the drink with a vibrant citrusy sweetness. It contrasts and balances the richer notes of bourbon and the herbal bitterness of amaro. The liqueur imparts a fresh and tangy zest, evoking the flavors of ripe blood oranges with a hint of sugary sweetness.

The final touch, a twist of fresh orange peel, is more than just a garnish. It releases essential oils that subtly infuse the cocktail with a light, citrus aroma, enhancing the overall taste of the mixture.


Step 1: Pour all ingredients into a beaker and top with ice. Stir until chilled.


Step 2: Place a large ice cube into a rocks glass and strain cocktail mixture into the glass.


Step 3: Garnish with an orange peel.

The Blood Orange Old Fashioned is a masterful blend of tradition and innovation. This drink is not just a testament to the enduring appeal of the Old Fashioned but also a celebration of culinary creativity. With just 3 ingredients, you have a cocktail ready to enjoy in no time!

Blood Orange Old Fashioned




  1. Step 1 – Pour all ingredients into a beaker and top with ice. Stir until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Place a large ice cube into a rocks glass and strain cocktail mixture into the glass.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with an orange peel.

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