Blood Orange Old Fashioned

It’s that time, ya’ll. The resident photographer finally gets his fave drink highlighted on the blog. The Old Fashioned! A tried and true cocktail for the hardiest of drinkers. There is no hiding behind fruity juices or syrups in this one. The bourbon is in your face and ready for a fight.


While he may be a purist here – I am not. I always find a way to add some pizzazz to a stuffy old classic. Remember my love for blood oranges in my last post about sangria? Well I found a use for all those delicious little spheres in this new and improved Old Fashioned! This cocktail includes the juice from half a blood orange, burnt rosemary, and bitters from our fave local spot, Crude Bitters. Charred rosemary is my new favorite trick. Drinking a cocktail should tap into all of your senses and the smell of this smokey rosemary just before taking a sip is **kisses fingers like an Italian talking about pasta**. Not to mention the fantastic bitters with rosemary, grapefruit, and peppercorn. It matches with the blood orange and bourbon perfectly. You can certainly use Angostura bitters to be traditional, but again, I like PIZZAZZ.


This cocktail is the perfect way to impress your fam at Thanksgiving and show them how refined your cocktail tastebuds are. Plus, it takes a whole 60 seconds to whip this drink up – so procrastinate your recipe planning all you want and know you will have a delicious cocktail no matter what! Happy turkey hunting.

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Total Time: 2 minutes

Serves: 1


  • 2 ounces high quality bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 blood orange
  • Rosemary sprig
  • 6-8 drops rosemary, grapefruit, peppercorn bitters (“Rizzo” Crude Bitters)
  • Large ice cube


Add sugar and juice from from 1/2 blood orange to empty old fashioned glass. Muddle together until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add bourbon and single large ice cube to glass. Top with bitters and gently swirl. Garnish with peel of blood orange and charred rosemary sprig. Sip and serve!

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