Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

The truth is, I have had a bitter-sweet week. We had some vicious food poisoning last weekend (bitter!) But recovered in time for a lovely Easter with the girls (sweet!) I am finishing up tons and tons of prep for a super fun IRS audit that goes back years and years (bitter!!). And then I got a new car Monday (sweet!) and yesterday Coco and I got rear ended on the freeway going fast (bitter!) and the other guy was hurt and his car was totaled (bitter!) But Coco and I are fine minus some sore muscles and turns out the new car is a super safe tank (sweet!) and my book arrived in the mail (super sweet!!) With all the ups and downs, I will be honest- I really wanted a good stiff drink this evening.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

My husband drinks scotch and bourbon and whiskey neat, or “brown juice” as we call it around here. I always think that in my mind I would like to be able to just pour a little glass sometimes and enjoy it like he does, but usually it is just too dang strong for me and I look like a cartoon going “aaaaeeeehhhhhhhhh!! Wooooooooo!!”
With big watery eyes and my mouth in an O.

But this is cut just enough with a ginger simple syrup and fresh squeezed blood orange juice (courtesy of my sister-in-law Natalie who knows a thing or two about making a bourbon drink!) so that it is strong, but delicious.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

If you are having guests any time soon, (or just had a really long week like me!) take advantage of the gorgeous blood oranges that are in the market RIGHT NOW!!! And make a beautiful Blood Orange Bourbon Smash. Your weekend will thank you for it.

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash

Recipe: Blood Orange Bourbon Smash


  • -4 ounces bourbon
  • -1 cup fresh squeezed blood orange juice
  • -4 tablespoons Ginger Simple Syrup
  • -4 tablespoons water
  • -ice cubes
  • Ginger Simple Syrup
  • -1 cup sugar
  • -1 cup water
  • -1 inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled


  1. 1. In a small saucepan, bring the sugar, water and ginger to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. Discard the ginger and transfer the syrup to a mason jar or airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use or up to 2 weeks.
  2. 2. In a cocktail shaker, combine the ice, bourbon, blood orange juice and simple syrup. Shake hard and pour into tall glasses over ice.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 2

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