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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  • Meghan M.

    We made something similar a few weeks ago. I love blood orange juice!

  • In and Around Town

    We just bought some blood oranges, I wonder if my husband could get over his adverse whiskey reaction with this drink too?!

  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I’ve never really gotten into whiskey or bitters…but I’m not really sure that I’ve given them a fair shot either. A dollop of citrus in this is a nice touch! Hope Matt’s interview went well!!

    • Colleen

      He thinks it went pretty well (fingers crossed)…thanks so much for your help!!

  • Bianca Garcia

    I am the opposite – I love sweeter drinks – but I think I would really like this too, because of the blood orange!

  • Emily

    This drink looks fantastic! I can’t do whisky on its own but I do like it in Manhattans and with Aperol, especially in the winter. Next winter, I’m definitely drinking this!

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  • Alex DeLarge

    Try using Blood Orange bitters next time.

  • Alex DeLarge

    Also, if you don’t have access to Blood Oranges, you can use Monin Blood Orange syrup, sub it for the sugar or simple syrup.

  • painter33

    The glass is too small – two “sips” and I’d have to get up for another.

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