Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe

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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 Orange Crush cocktail is believed to have originated in the coastal region of Maryland, USA. It became popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially during the summer months. The cocktail is known for its refreshing and fruity taste, making it a favorite among beachgoers and those looking for a light, citrusy drink.

  • The name 'Orange Crush' is derived from the use of fresh orange juice, which is the star ingredient of this cocktail.
  • It is often associated with beach bars and summertime parties.
  • The cocktail has gained popularity in recent years, with many variations being created to suit different tastes.

How Orange Crush Tastes?

The Orange Crush cocktail is a delightful mix of sweet, tangy, and slightly tart flavors. The fresh orange juice provides a natural sweetness, while the vodka and triple sec add a subtle kick. The overall taste is light, refreshing, and citrusy, making it a perfect summer drink.

Interesting facts about Orange Crush

  • The Orange Crush is sometimes referred to as the 'unofficial cocktail of summer'.
  • It is often served in a pint glass, which allows for ample room for ice and garnishes.
  • The cocktail is sometimes made with flavored vodkas, such as orange or citrus, to enhance the fruity taste.


A few good options for Orange Crush are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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  • Vodka (1.5 oz): Provides the backbone of the cocktail with a smooth, clean alcoholic lift. Too little and you won't feel the buzz; too much and your fresh crush could become a bulldozer.

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Fresh Orange Juice

  • Fresh Orange Juice (4 oz): Gives the signature orange flavor and natural sweetness. It's fresh, so you get that nice zesty kick. Cut it out and say goodbye to the 'Orange' in Orange Crush.

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Triple Sec

  • Triple Sec (0.5 oz): Brings in a subtle citrus and sweet tone, rounding out the edges. Skimp on this and the flavor lacks depth; overpour and your cocktail turns into a syrupy mess.

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Splash of Sprite

  • Splash of Sprite (1 oz): Bubbles, baby! Adds effervescence and a tad of sweetness without overpowering. Forget this, and it's like going on a road trip without tunes—not the end of the world, but way less fun.

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Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry

  • Garnish: For the eyes and the Insta stories. Plus, a nibble of cherry at the end is your sweet little reward. An undressed drink is a naked drink—and nobody wants that.

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Recipe. How to make Orange Crush Drink

  1. Fill a pint glass with ice.
  2. Add 1.5 oz of vodka.
  3. Add 4 oz of fresh orange juice.
  4. Add 0.5 oz of triple sec.
  5. Top with a splash of Sprite.
  6. Stir gently to combine the ingredients.
  7. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass before making the cocktail to keep it cool longer.
  • Add the Sprite last to keep the fizz.

Perfect Pairings


  • Citrus or Fruit-based Salads: The fresh, vibrant flavors complement the zesty orange and the light sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Grilled Seafood: Especially shrimp or scallops. The crisp and refreshing nature of an Orange Crush can cut through the richness.
  • Light Sandwiches: Such as turkey or chicken with a citrusy aioli which can sync with the cocktail's bright flavors.


  • Poultry: Like roasted chicken or turkey. The citrus notes will enhance the light meat flavors.
  • Pasta: With creamy sauces to add a nice contrast to the acidity and lightness of the drink.


  • Vanilla Ice Cream: To complement the sweetness and the citrus profile.
  • Fruit Tarts: The natural citrus in the dessert can echo the orange flavor in the drink.

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What you could change in Orange Crush

  • Vodka: You can use any citrus-flavored vodka.
  • Fresh Orange Juice: If not available, you can use store-bought orange juice.
  • Triple Sec: You can substitute with any other orange liqueur.
  • Sprite: You can use any lemon-lime soda.

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And of course - twists🍹

Crush with a Berry Blast

  • Add a handful of muddled berries (strawberries, raspberries) before adding the vodka. It'll lend a fetching pink hue and a berry nice twist to your citrus affair.
  • Ingredients: Same as original plus fresh berries.

Tropical Crush

  • Swap the vodka for coconut rum and top with a mix of pineapple and Sprite instead. It's like your Crush just ~~went on vacation~~ turned into a luau.
  • Ingredients: Replace vodka with coconut rum; add pineapple juice to the Sprite mix.

Green Tea Crush

  • Infuse your vodka with green tea beforehand for an earthy, antioxidant-packed punch. Your cocktail goes from beachside fun to zen garden meet-up.
  • Ingredients: Green tea-infused vodka instead of regular vodka.

In case you forgot basics how to make Orange Crush

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Orange Crush

Can I use different varieties of oranges for the Orange Crush cocktail?

Yes, you can use any variety of orange. However, keep in mind that the variety of orange might change the flavor of the cocktail slightly.

I don't have Triple Sec, what can I substitute it with?

Triple sec can be substituted with other orange liqueurs such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Curacao.

Can I use diet Sprite or another diet soda in the Orange Crush recipe?

Yes, you can use diet variants for a lower-calorie cocktail, but it might alter the taste a bit.

Is the Orange Crush cocktail suitable for a winter party?

While the Orange Crush is often associated with summer because of its refreshing citrus flavor, it can be enjoyed any time of the year.

Can I use a mixer or blender to make Orange Crush?

Yes, you can use a mixer or blender to combine the ingredients. However, be careful not to over-blend as it can dilute the cocktail.

How strong is an Orange Crush cocktail?

The Orange Crush has a moderate alcohol content, primarily from the vodka and triple sec. It's a balanced cocktail rather than a strong one.

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