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Red Rover Blood Orange and Bourbon Cocktail


Red Rover Bourbon Blood Orange Cocktail_

I’ve never liked ginger, it always just served as a bit of color on my sushi plate, or the stuff I would pick out of a salad.And then this cocktail happened, and I decided to fall in love with ginger when it’s mixed with bourbon.

My husband invented this beautiful drink, and it’s amazing in that get-this-away-from-me-or-I-will-drink-an-entire-pitcher kind of way. The bourbon, blood orange and ginger just meld in a perfect way that makes you wonder where this drink has been your whole life. To be honest, I cringed a bit when my husband started to grate the fresh ginger into the glass. But paired with the bourbon, it has more of a ginger ale taste that is really lovely, completely compliments and brings together all the other flavors.

Red Rover Bourbon Blood Orange Cocktail 2

Red Rover

Makes one cocktail, but you’ll want to make more


  • 2 oz burbon
  • 1 ½ oz blood orange juice
  • ½ lemon juice
  • 1 ¼ simple syrup
  • 4 oz ginger ale
  • Garnish with fresh ginger, grated with a microplane or zester


  1. Add bourbon, blood orange juice, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker, shake gently.
  2. Add ginger ale and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into a glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh ginger (don’t be shy, it’s really good)

Red Rover Bourbon Blood Orange Cocktail 4

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RavieNomNoms February 4, 2013 um 10:41 am

Oh I am book marking this one!! Bourbon is my drink of choice, I feel like this would be bad news for me!


Jackie February 4, 2013 um 3:50 pm

I don’t drink a lot of heard liquor, but I do love a good bourbon cocktail.


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 4, 2013 um 12:59 pm

Omg I want this drink just b/c you said this "it’s amazing in that get-this-away-from-me-or-I-will-drink-an-entire-pitcher kind of way". That’s how I feel about the rum runner drink I recently posted…it’s crazy good. And this looks like a version on that theme w/ bourbon. Love it!


Jackie February 4, 2013 um 3:51 pm

Those are the best AND worst kind of cocktails!


Cassie | Bake Your Day February 4, 2013 um 2:19 pm

I love you attitude about life, Jackie. You are an inspiration!


Jackie February 4, 2013 um 3:51 pm

Awwww, thanks Cassie 🙂


claire @ the realistic nutritionist February 4, 2013 um 2:48 pm

HAHAHAH!! That’s so sweet 🙂


Tori February 4, 2013 um 3:39 pm

Cute story! And the cocktail looks fab. I actually love ginger, in moderation. Ginger ale is one of my favorite drinks. 🙂


Jackie February 4, 2013 um 3:53 pm

After this, I now know what I’m missing! I’m open to trying it in more things now, I think I just got so turned off by overly sweet ginger candy that I’ve avoided it for years.


ashley – baker by nature February 4, 2013 um 3:43 pm

You have such a sweet personality, Jackie! And this cocktail sounds killer!


Julie @ Table for Two February 4, 2013 um 5:32 pm

OMG. Let’s not even BEGIN to talk about wrong numbers. For the past MONTH, I’ve been getting this same collect call number dialing me. EVERY DAY 3-4 TIMES A DAY. I’m at wits end. I literally want to change my number because of them. Speaking of which, this cocktail would be SO GOOD right now because guess what? Yup, that number JUST dialed me..eff!


steph@stephsbitebybite February 4, 2013 um 6:22 pm

Oh I can’t wait until I can have alcohol again!! Saving this to my After Baby Booze list 🙂


Maddy February 4, 2013 um 6:36 pm

I precisely needed a cocktail for my valentines day party! I love this. WIll be making it for sure.


Bellenza Wedding Bistro February 4, 2013 um 6:52 pm

Looks deliciously like a signature drink for a rustic wedding!


Anna @ Hidden Ponies February 4, 2013 um 9:19 pm

Lol, that’s hilarious! I love your image of her in the floral bathrobe 🙂


Jen @ Savory Simple February 5, 2013 um 6:08 am

This looks so good! I’ve never had the same person repeatedly call but nothing cracks me up more than wrong number texts. Though there was one time I got pissy about it with a guy who repeatedly sent me group texts at all hours even though I keep responding "wrong number."


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious February 5, 2013 um 6:36 am

Ginger can be harsh but also amazing, sounds like you took the amazing route!


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious February 5, 2013 um 6:57 am

Haha love it! I can’t believe you’ve developed such a fun relationship with this woman. It’s really cute.

And this cocktail – yeah, it’s Tuesday morning, 7AM and I desperately need a glass of this.


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 5, 2013 um 7:11 am

You are such a sweetie, Jackie! 🙂 And this cocktail looks amazing!


Liz February 5, 2013 um 11:01 am

I have always loved ginger, so this beautiful cocktail sounds especially appealing!

PS…a local dry cleaner accidentally printed our phone # on their invoices! Our #s are very similar, but it wasn’t so fun fielding the overdue invoice phone calls by ticked off customers. I’m sure I still have credit at their business given due to their error. Crazy!


Sara February 5, 2013 um 2:30 pm

Where you find those fun, Rockwellian straws?


Jackie February 5, 2013 um 4:58 pm

Amazon, like everything else 😉


Sockmonkeys Kitchen March 15, 2013 um 3:12 pm

I’ve also seen them at Sur La Table, if that helps =0)


a farmer in the dell February 5, 2013 um 2:30 pm

Now this is my kind of cocktail! We had a similar cocktail served at our wedding. Yum!


Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies February 5, 2013 um 5:35 pm

I get lots of wrong number calls too–the best is when they leave long, rambling voicemails, despite that fact that my message starts with "You’ve reached Kiersten." And I loooove me some ginger, so this sounds like perfection to me!


Meghan February 5, 2013 um 6:56 pm

Very cute story & this drinks looks awesome! Wish I had one right now – can’t wait to try it!


Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 5, 2013 um 10:01 pm

Oh gosh, what a funny story!! Hope you will hear from her again soon!

Another perfect blood orange drink! It looks so refreshing!


constance c February 7, 2013 um 6:24 pm

This looks so good! and your photos are so beautiful.


Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen February 12, 2013 um 12:30 pm

I kept getting a wrong number phone call last night and the woman was so insistent that she had the right number I was the one who was wrong….so strange.

This drink has my name written all over it….yum!!


Jen February 13, 2013 um 4:21 am

Nice recipe! My boyfriend and I made it and it was aaaaamazing! I love it, wish I could order it at bars.


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wanda Brown February 18, 2013 um 8:22 am

Thanks for the marvelous cocktail! I really enjoyed it. have a nice day!


yolanda February 19, 2013 um 6:38 pm

It’s going to be finish of my week for a while! perfect friday night cocktail


brandi February 22, 2013 um 7:43 am

well, i could take a pitcher of this tonight.

bourbon + ginger ale/ginger beer is one of my favorite, favorite drinks ever. and with blood orange? i need to make this.


nirvana brown March 5, 2013 um 2:30 pm

Oh my goodness! Want!


Sockmonkeys Kitchen March 15, 2013 um 3:14 pm

Yes, I do believe I’ll have one with you =0)
PS: love the story! I actually miss my wrong-number Grandma that used to call me somewhat often, and start every sentence with, "Diane, I wanted to tell you something… last week…"

I would always say, "Oh honey, I’m not Diane – I believe you’ve dialed wrong." To which she would almost always reply, "Oh dear! Well, do tell Diane I said hello. Thank you, goodbye".


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