Whiskey & Orange Juice Cocktail

whiskey and orange juice

I don’t tend to like sweet or sugary cocktails. I’ve found the cocktails made with gin or whiskey, however, tend not to be so sweet. This whiskey and orange juice cocktail, made next level with rosemary simple syrup, is just right too (and perfect with other sweet citrus too)!.

When we lived in Los Angeles, friends not far away moved into a home with a prolific orange tree (leading to my creating thes orange muffins as well as these orange biscotti). In our Sacramento Bungalow home, our neighbors prolific orange hangs over onto our property and the owners are more than happy to share!

whiskey and orange juice

Since we don’t drink that much juice, coming up with recipes for oranges is a necessity. I’m sharing a bunch we love below, but this whiskey and orange juice is really my favorite these days. And I’m really loving all the sangria recipes I’ve been creating thus far!

And when you use seasonal ingredients, the natural sweetness of the fruits taste so much better than just adding sugar to sweeten a beverage.

On the topic of sweetness, I originally developed this recipe with tangerines. Tangerines are a bit smaller than oranges and the juice is a bit sweeter. Since I’ve discovered that cocktail sweetness is a subjective thing, you may want to add more rosemary simple syrup to your drink.

whiskey and orange juice

Whiskey and Orange Juice

When it comes to coming up with cocktail recipes, I tend to start with flavors I know best. It’s how I started creating all my sangria recipes all those years ago!

I feel fairly comfortable with using orange juice in a cocktail, so it’s an obvious first step for a whiskey cocktail concoction. We do like using orange zest in our shaken Old Fashioneds too, so it really wasn’t too big of a stretch out of my comfort zone.

The natural sweetness of in season produce pairs nicely with the stronger whiskey profile, making even non-whiskey lovers a fan of this tangy cocktail.

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Rosemary Simple Syrup

While straight whiskey and orange juice is certainly drinkable, I really wanted to kick it up a level.

I also love adding fresh herbs to cocktails (just check out this herb-infused vodka punch), to cut a bit of the sweetness. I made an incredibly simple (hah!) rosemary simple syrup.

The herby sweet liquid adds another level of deliciousness without the overwhelming sugary taste normal simple syrup might provide. This whiskey and orange juice cocktail then became a taste treat sensation!

whiskey and orange juice

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WHISKEY + ORANGE JUICE COCKTAIL

This whiskey and orange juice cocktail captures sweet tartness and pairs it deliciously with subtle, earthy rosemary-infused simple syrup!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktails, drinks, fruit, winter
Servings: 2
Calories: 314kcal
Author: Luci Petlack

Ingredients

ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP

  • cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 3 sprigs rosemary

WHISKEY AND ORANGE JUICE COCKTAIL

  • 4 oz orange juice can use tangerine juice too
  • 2 oz rosemary simple syrup more to taste
  • 6 oz Whiskey

Instructions

rosemary simple syrup

  • Dissolve sugar into water with 3 rosemary sprigs over medium heat until dissolved (3-4 minutes). Let cool. Remove rosemary sprigs. Chill.

whiskey and orange juice cocktail

  • Combine juice, rosemary simple syrup, and whiskey. Serve over ice. Garnish with rosemary sprig.

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Nutrition

Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 113IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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