Delicious Blood Orange Cocktail with Raspberry

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blood orange raspberry smash

Blood oranges are in season. And like so many good things, they are available for only a short while. But this year, I’m finding that they are especially bitter {insert the “no it’s just you” joke here}. Happily, bitterness works quite well in the cocktail world, especially when combined with sweet and sour–pillars on which many a good tipple are built.

A few weeks ago, I dined with friends at Jar, Suzanne Tracht’s acclaimed chop house in Los Angeles. One of our favorite cocktails of the evening was a fruity one, infused with a gently spiced simple syrup. The color, a deep blushing magenta, came from a couple of spoonfuls of tart cranberry jelly. I was smitten with the concoction, as was everyone in our party.

Inspired, I made my own spice-infused simple syrup, and made those bitter blood oranges into an amazing blood orange cocktail partnered with raspberries and a spoonful of sweet & tart kumquat marmalade. The results were smashing, just as I hoped.

Serve this on Valentine’s Day…or any day, really. Cheers!

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Blood Orange Raspberry Smash

Blood Orange Raspberry Smash

Alison Needham
This cocktail is sweet, spicy, tangy and just the right amount of bitter. The deep rouge color comes from both the blood oranges and the raspberries. If you cannot find blood oranges, feel free to substitute regular oranges…or even better, tangerines.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 314 kcal



  • Put the sugar, water, peppercorns, star anise and cinnamon stick in a small pot and heat over medium high. Bring to a simmer for a few minutes, stirring gently, until sugar is melted. Set aside to cool completely. Refrigerate in a lidded jar if making well in advance (it will last at least a week in the fridge).
  • Rub the rim of one low ball glass with the cut blood orange and dredge rim through a plate of sugar. Fill the glass with ice. Set aside.
  • Place the blood orange slices, raspberries and kumquat marmalade in a cocktail shaker. Smash thoroughly with a muddler (or a thick handle of a spatula). Add 2 ounces of cooled simple syrup, and 2 ounces of vodka or tequila. Add 2 handfuls of ice, cover and shake vigorously.
  • Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass and garnish with a blood orange slice and/or some raspberries. Top with sparkling water, to taste.


Calories: 314kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 47mgPotassium: 121mgFiber: 4gSugar: 44gVitamin A: 74IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 3mg
Keyword blood orange, Cocktail, raspberry
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  1. I used my own cranberry cherry compote and it came out fabulous!

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