Blood Orange & Bourbon Campground Mixology
Oh, my friends. Pull up a stump and let me share my latest discovery: I’ve been upping my campfire game with this Blood Orange & Bourbon cocktail. Spending as much time in these southern states of America, I’ve been diving into the local fair. That means shrimp & grits, fried chicken, barbecue, whiskey, and bourbon. While we are based in whisky country—with notables like Jack Daniels nearby—the border to Kentucky’s bourbon region is not far north of us. This recipe is a simple, standout mix of fresh fruit and and rich bourbon. It’s the perfect close to an evening! Savor that warm weather with a flourish of boozy citrus and mint in this blood orange and bourbon campground mixology cocktail recipe.
Blood Orange & Bourbon Recipe
- 1 blood orange, juiced (2 ounces)
- ½ ounce simple syrup*⠀(1 teaspoon)
- 1½ ounces bourbon (3 tablespoons)
- 3 drops of aromatic bitters
- a splash of sparkling water
- 1 cups ice
- (Optional) mint for garnish
Like many chilled cocktails, we recommend using two separate cups to mix and serve this drink so you can have fresh ice to keep your beverage extra cold. That said, for RVers such as ourselves, ice is a rare commodity. So, we often mix and serve cocktails with the same glass and ice. Of course, this all comes down to personal discretion.
- Mix blood orange puree, simple syrup, bourbon, and bitters in a cup of ice
- Pour cocktail into serving glass with fresh ice
- Top with sparkling water and a sprig of mint
A bit of history on this cocktail recipe: I originally conceived of this recipe when partnering with Amoretti to promote their Blood Orange Craft Puree. It’s an excellent fit for our nomadic life. Access to perishables like ice and blood oranges while away from civilization is limited. That’s why the Amoretti Craft Puree is the perfect way to add a dash of fruit even when we are far away from a fruit stand. The bottles are shelf stable. So, we can manage despite our lack of a refrigerator!⠀If you are curious to try out this recipe as it was originally conceived, order your own bottle of Amoretti Blood Orange Craft Puree and substitute one pump of the puree for the blood orange juice.
* For those that might be curious: I make my own simple syrup with a sugar substitute to cut back on calories.⠀