This Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe is my favorite summertime drink! Filled with fresh orange juice, vodka and crushed ice, it’s delicious and refreshing!
What is an Orange Crush?
Orange Crushes started in the Ocean City, MD area and are spreading across the East Coast. Which happens to be really convenient for me since my in-laws have a house in OCMD, and I get to have my beloved Orange Crushes from Harborside Bar & Grill. The restaurant that started the Orange Crush fad!
Orange Crushes get their name from the literal act of crushing an orange to get all the juice out. I like to think they also are called crushes because you really should use crushed ice.
I mean… I think crushed ice is pretty much always preferable over cubed ice, but in a cocktail it’s a must!
What Ingredients are in an Orange Crush?
An orange crush is basically orange upon orange upon orange!
The key is what I already mentioned above, fresh orange juice that is squeezed straight from an orange while you’re waiting for your drink to be made! I have a friend who may get impatient sometimes (ahem!), and just use orange juice from a carton.
It’s not preferable, but it will do in a pinch! You really should try fresh orange juice, though, to get the full effect!
Once you have your juice squeezed, add it to a cocktail shaker with cubed ice, orange vodka and orange triple sec. Shake it for about 30 seconds until it’s foamy and blended. Pour it into your cocktail glass, add some Sprite to top it off and an orange wedge for garnish!
You really can substitute the Sprite with another lemon lime soda (Sierra Mist, 7-Up, generic or even seltzer water). Just make sure you don’t add that until after you’re done shaking it. You know, carbonation and all that.
Supplies Needed to Make Cocktails
Cocktail Shaker– For years I thought this was just for people who wanted to act fancy. I really didn’t think it served an actual purpose! Guys, I was so wrong. It really does help make your drinks taste better! Your ingredients blend together better, get colder and start foaming almost to let you know they’re ready. It’s made a huge difference for us!
Shot Measuring Glass– More than just a standard shot glass, I love this one that has measuring lines on the sides. Of course, you could just eyeball your ingredients, but when you’re first getting started, it isn’t a bad idea to have some guidelines!
Unbreakable Stemless Wine Glasses– And, of course, my favorite unbreakable glasses! It’s summer, which seems to lead to more walking around outdoors with a drink in hand. It is not a bad idea to have these unbreakable wine glasses… especially around a pool!
Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe
Orange Crush Cocktail
This Orange Crush Cocktail is light and refreshing and incredibly easy to make! The perfect summer cocktail drink!
- 1/3 cup Orange Juice (fresh squeezed)
- 2 oz Orange Vodka
- 1 oz Orange Triple Sec
- Crushed Ice
- Orange Wedge (for garnish)
In a cocktail shaker, combine orange juice, vodka, triple sec and crushed ice. Make sure the lid is secure and then shake vigorously for about 30 seconds.
Pour into a glass and top off with Sprite. Add your orange wedge as garnish and enjoy!
Be sure to check out some other fun summer cocktails from more bloggers!
Orange Crush Cocktail from A Turtle’s Life for Me • Tropical Sangria with Coconut from Daily DIY Life • Loaded Corona from Weekend Craft • Cinnamon Roll Fireball Shot from Our Crafty Mom • Rum Punch Summer Cocktail from Happy Go Lucky • Spiked Honey Arnold Palmer from Red Cottage Chronicle • Frozen Mango Margarita from a Family Around the Table • Ginger Beer Mojito from Creative Ramblings • Orange Creamsicle Cocktail from Create & Babble • Grapefruit Vodka Mule from Upright and Caffeinated