Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Blood Orange Old Fashioned
I used to love whiskey, but I must have overdone it at some point because I’ve had an adverse reaction to it for the past couple of years. I’ve found it a little difficult to find a cocktails I like since I don’t like very sweet drinks and usually avoid whiskey drinks. So, I’m doing my best to change that! Rye whiskey is Matt’s favorite spirit, so I’m always trying sips of the drinks he orders to see if I can find one that I like.

One of Matt’s favorite drinks to order is an old fashioned. Made the traditional way (like, straight whiskey), they’re a little harsh tasting to me. This idea I found on the Kitchn to add blood orange to a traditional old-fashioned seemed like a great compromise. I replaced the drop of water with a little blood orange juice, and garnished the drink with a beautiful wedge of blood orange. The rye flavor was plenty strong for Matt, but the hint of citrus flavor and aroma made this blood orange old fashioned the perfect starter whiskey drink for me.

To make our at-home cocktails seem more professional, we used these silicone ice ball makers from Muji. Not only do they look pretty in the drink, they melt slowly and prevent the drink from getting too watered down.

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Yield: 1 drink

Adapted from the Kitchn


  • 2 ounces whiskey (I used Old Overholt Rye)
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh blood orange juice
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Blood orange wedge
  • Large ice cube(s)


  • Place the sugar in the bottom of an glass. Add the bitters and blood orange juice and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the whiskey and ice, and stir gently. Garnish with the blood orange wedge.

Blood Orange Old Fashioned

Are there any other whiskey drinks I should try?

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