Nedicks Orange Cocktail Recipe

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Nedicks Orange Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Nedicks Orange cocktail is a classic drink that hails from the 1930s. It was created by the Nedicks restaurant chain, a popular fast-food joint in New York City, known for their hot dogs and orange drinks. This cocktail is a tribute to their famous orange drink, combining the sweet and tangy flavors of orange with a kick of alcohol. It's a favorite among those who enjoy fruity, citrusy cocktails.

How Nedicks Orange Tastes?

The Nedicks Orange cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet and tangy, with a hint of bitterness from the alcohol. The orange juice provides a fresh, citrusy taste, while the sugar syrup adds a touch of sweetness to balance out the flavors.

Interesting facts about Nedicks Orange

  • The Nedicks Orange cocktail is named after the Nedicks restaurant chain in New York City.
  • It was created as a tribute to their famous orange drink.
  • Despite its sweet and fruity taste, it contains a fair amount of alcohol, making it a favorite among adults.


A few good options for Nedicks Orange are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Orange Juice

Used for its vibrant citrus profile, 2oz of orange juice provides the right balance of sweetness and tartness. Too much and your cocktail becomes a glorified screwdriver; too little and the vodka's bite isn't softened enough. If oranges aren't your thing, try mango juice for a tropical twist—but this will make things quite a bit sweeter.

Alex Green


Ah, 1oz of vodka, the chameleon of spirits, is the backbone of the Nedicks Orange. It packs a punch without stealing the spotlight from the orange juice. If we increase the amount, prepare for a heavier kick; if we decrease it, why bother calling it a cocktail? Gin could be an alternative for an herbal note, but it will turn the drink into something entirely new—a sort of 'Nedicks with a botanical garden flavor'.

Mary Mitkina

Sugar Syrup

This sweet middleman, 0.5oz sugar syrup, makes sure that the peace is kept between the strong vodka and the zesty orange juice. Miss it out, and the citrus could be too sharp. Pour in more, and you might as well be sipping on liquid candy. Honey could be a great alternative for a more complex sweetness.

Emma Rose

Ice Cubes

5-6 ice cubes are the unsung heroes that chill this liquid symphony without diluting it too quickly. If you ditch the ice, prepare to sip on something closer to room-temp vodka orange, which is not nearly as refreshing. Want a slushier drink? Crush the ice, but watch out for brain freeze!

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Nedicks Orange Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the orange juice, vodka, and sugar syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice for the best taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for a refreshing cocktail.
  • Adjust the amount of sugar syrup according to your taste.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: A selection of mild cheeses like mozzarella or a young cheddar can complement the citrusy notes of the cocktail without overpowering it.
  • Seafood bites: Shrimp cocktail or grilled calamari served with light seasoning will go well with the bright, refreshing taste of the Nedicks Orange.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken or Pork: The acidity of the orange juice can help to cut through the richness of these meats.


  • Vanilla or Coconut flavored desserts: The sweetness of these desserts will be balanced out by the slight tartness and citrus of the cocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For a palate cleanser between sips, sparkling water is always a great choice.

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What you could change in Nedicks Orange

  • If you don't have vodka, you can substitute it with rum or gin.
  • If you don't have sugar syrup, you can use honey or agave syrup instead.

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Nedicks Fizz

Add a splash of club soda to the original recipe after shaking to turn your Nedicks Orange into a fizzy delight. The drink gains a new texture and becomes even more refreshing, excellent for hot summer days or when you're craving a bit of bubble. It's like a citrusy soda pop, only for grown-ups!

Spiced Nedicks

A tiny pinch of cayenne pepper and a cinnamon stick are all you need to add a spicy kick to the Nedicks Orange. Suddenly, it's not just a cocktail; it's an adventure. The spice will tingle your lips, contrast with the sweetness and make you feel a bit like a thrill-seeker with a shaker.

Nedicks Tropical

Swap out the orange juice for pineapple juice and the sugar syrup for coconut syrup. You've just sailed from the classic Nedick's to an island paradise. This twist is sweeter, thicker, and might just make you want to limbo under the nearest barstool.

In case you forgot basics how to make Nedicks Orange

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Nedicks Orange

What other fruits can I use in place of orange?

You can try using other citrus fruits like grapefruit or lemon. However, keep in mind it will alter the taste of the cocktail.

Can I prepare Nedicks Orange non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version by substituting vodka with club soda or a non-alcoholic spirit of your choice.

Is this cocktail served in a specific type of glass?

The Nedicks Orange can be served in any glass, but a tall slim glass is often used to enhance its presentation.

What food pairs well with this cocktail?

The Nedicks Orange cocktail pairs well with light appetizers, like cheese or vegetable platters.

Can I use frozen orange juice for this recipe?

While fresh orange juice is recommended, you can use frozen orange juice if fresh ones are not readily available. Just make sure it's thawed properly before use.

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