Blood Orange Whiskey Smash

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This post, for Blood Orange Whiskey Smash, is sponsored by Melissa’s Produce. I received product to aid in the creation of #FreakyFruitsFriday recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

A blood orange whiskey smash is made with your favorite whiskey and fresh blood orange juice.

I’ve always been a fan of whiskey. I fondly remember my Dad making whiskey sours for him and my Grandmother when she came to visit, which was a couple of times a month. I thought it was so cool that grown-ups would just sit on an afternoon, relaxing and enjoying each others company. I couldn’t wait to grow up myself and do the same.


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When I received this amazing box of really interesting produce, I knew a cocktail was in order. Citrus, especially orange lends itself nicely with paired with whiskey. So this adult beverage was born.


A blood orange whiskey smash is made with your favorite whiskey and fresh blood orange juice.

Like a mint julep, this drink involves muddling. Muddling is a simple technique. You put a few of the ingredients, in this case the orange slices, sugar and mint leaves, in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. (I used a mason jar.) Then, using the back of a wooden spoon handle, press or mash the ingredients together to blend and open up flavors. You then add the remaining ingredients and shake, strain and serve.

Relax after work with a blood orange whiskey smash.

So what exactly is a smash cocktail? The basic elements are a spirit base, in this case whiskey, ice, mint (or other herb), sugar, and seasonal fruit, hence blood orange. The popularity of smash cocktails has been on the rise.

A beautiful blood orange from Melissa's Produce.

This is the second time I’ve worked with Melissa’s Produce. My other recipes are steel cut oats with pomegranate, supreme oranges and maple syrup and roasted balsamic acorn squash and shallots. I just had to work with the blood oranges. My boys had never seen them before and, like me, thought they were beautiful. A blood orange is a bit more tart than it’s sweeter cousin the navel orange.

Blood Orange Whiskey Smash

A blood orange whiskey smash is made with your favorite whiskey and fresh blood orange juice. #FreakyFruitsFriday
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Beverages and Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 serving


  • 4 ounces Blood Orange Juice
  • 1/4 ounce Agave Syrup
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 1/4 ounces whiskey
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 blood orange slices
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 half blood orange slice for garnish
  • Ice


  • In the bottom of a cocktail shaker add 2 blood orange slices, sugar and mint leaf. Using the end of a wooden spoon, muddle the fruit with the sugar and mint.
  • Once these ingredients are "mashed" add ice and the blood orange juice, agave syrup, whiskey and lemon juice to the cocktail shaker. Shake to mix and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with blood orange slice and serve.
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A blood orange whiskey smash is made with your favorite whiskey and fresh blood orange juice. #FreakyFruitsFriday

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  1. I just got a bunch of blood oranges and this is the cocktail I need to make! Looks so refreshing and tasty!

  2. 5 stars
    I love the intense flavor of smash cocktails. This looks delicious! Blood oranges are so colorful and perfect for a nice holiday drink.

  3. 5 stars
    What a fab box of goodies, they look amazing. I love the method of muddling, and imagine you get loads of flavours from it. This is a great adult drink, perfect for a Friday evening kick back.

  4. 5 stars
    I’m also a big fan of whisky drinks and this one looks super tasty! Love all of the great blood orange and citrus in this!

  5. 5 stars
    Loving the combination. I’m a true whiskey lover and this one’s definitely something I’d like to try !!

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