Seasonal Old Fashioned with a Blood Orange Twist


Friends, hello. 

I hope this post finds you safe & coping somewhat well with the current global situation. 

Today’s post isn’t so much a recipe, it’s more of a reminder that time is still moving forward even if we’re stuck inside, unemployed and bored. A bumblebee flew past my window the other morning, basking in the warmth of the sunlight, & I realised that somehow spring has sprung, regardless of Covid-19. Basically: blood orange season is nearly over & I think you should make this drink before they’re all gone. 


These drinks were Boyfriend’s creation; he has a real knack for working blood oranges into everything this time of year. A good Old Fashioned is our poison of choice after those extra long days – of which there have been plenty recently. This version is simply perfect: strong, sweet, smooth, seasonal. Thank you, Boyfriend, for letting me share your recipe & for making this whole “social distancing” situation a little easier. 


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Makes 1 cocktail | recipe by passionate baker


  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • juice of ¼ blood orange
  • splash of soda water
  • 50ml bourbon, divided (we used Jim Beam)
  • ice
  • wedge of blood orange, for serving


  1. In a glass, muddle together the sugar, blood orange juice, & the soda water until the sugar has dissolved. 
  2. Pour 30ml bourbon into the glass & mix well. 
  3. Add ice cubes, and pour the remaining bourbon over the ice. Mix again to thoroughly combine. 
  4. Add a small wedge of blood orange into the glass & serve. Delicious!

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