The Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

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I realized today that I’ve been on an Old Fashioned kick for quite a while now. There’s just something special about a finely crafted Old Fashioned, and I will never not order one when presented with a unique twist on that cocktail. But there are other whiskey/bourbon based cocktails out there that can be just as interesting, flavorful, and easy to make as an Old Fashioned. Take the whiskey sour, for instance. Or in this case, the Blood Orange Whiskey Sour.

My wife came home today with two bags of blood oranges. After some careful consideration, it occurred to me that with rye whiskey and a blood orange, I could make a Blood Orange Whiskey Sour. This is a delightful variation of the classic whiskey sour that incorporates the unique flavor of blood orange for a fresh twist.

This cocktail is a fantastic way to showcase the bold flavor of blood oranges while enjoying the warm, spicy notes of high-rye whiskey. For this drink, I used Redemption High-Rye Bourbon, and ginger simple syrup/liqueur for added flavor. The combination of the citrus’s tartness and the whiskey’s depth creates a balanced and flavorful drink perfect for any occasion. Here’s a simple recipe for a Blood Orange Whiskey Sour:

Blood Orange Whiskey Sour

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  • 2 ounces 2 Redemption High-Rye Whiskey

  • 1 ounce 1 fresh blood orange juice

  • 1/2 ounce 1/2 fresh lemon juice

  • 1/2 ounce 1/2 Ginger simple syrup liqueur


  • Prepare the Juice: Squeeze the juice from the blood orange and lemon. Strain to remove any seeds or pulp for a smoother drink.
  • Mix the Cocktail: In a shaker, combine the rye whiskey, blood orange juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice.
  • Shake: Secure the lid on the shaker and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds, or until the mixture is well chilled.
  • Strain: Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice. A rocks glass is traditionally used, but you can choose any glass you like.
  • Garnish with an orange twist from the blood orange and/or a cherry, if you like

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