Orange Crush Cocktail for #SundaySupper

Orange Crush Cocktail | Magnolia DaysWhat would the world be like without music? It is very difficult to imagine. So many memories have a soundtrack. Hearing a song brings images to your mind in the same way as the scent of a certain food cooking. Some are tied together. The smell of Sauerbraten turns on classic old German music in my head (thanks to my parents). The video for the song “Don’t Come Around Here No More” by Tom Petty was based on the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Alice in Wonderland. I can’t listen to that song without thinking of a crazy tea party.

Sunday Supper is celebrating music inspired recipes. Scanning through my song collection brought a few choices. First there was candy inspired from “Candy” by Iggy Pop or “Candy-O” by The Cars. Tea cakes was a possibility because of the Tom Petty song video. When I got to R.E.M. I knew I wanted to make an Orange Crush Cocktail. I’ve listened to their song “Orange Crush” many times. Their music is the soundtrack to lots of my memories.

Orange Crush Cocktail is easy to make. Fresh squeezed orange juice, vodka, and triple sec are shaken with ice then topped off with lemon-lime sparkling water or soda. It’s refreshing and loaded with Vitamin C. Use a sweetened soda such a Sprite if you want to have more sweetness to the beverage. It’s a burst of orange flavor with a slight effervescence from the sparkling water.

Orange Crush Cocktail | Magnolia DaysWhat song brings food memories to you? Is is a song about food or one you heard while enjoying a favorite dish? I’m interested to see how music is a part of your cooking and dining memories. Leave a comment, turn on the music, and crush some oranges. Cheers!

Orange Crush Cocktail
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Yield: Makes 1 serving
  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1½ ounces vodka
  • 1 tablespoon triple sec
  • Splash of lemon-lime sparkling water or soda
  • Orange slice for garnish
  1. Combine the orange juice, vodka, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour contents of shaker into a highball glass.
  4. Pour a splash of lemon-lime sparkling water on top and stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with orange slice.

Here are more music inspired recipes. Join me in visiting each one of these by Sunday Supper bloggers. You will be ready to crank up the tunes and head into the kitchen:

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  1. says

    Just like Paula, I kept thinking of the soda Crush but I like your version better. Kind of like a screwdriver with a little extra touch.

  2. says

    I just love the gorgeous, vibrant color of this drink and this sounds like a WINNER. I will be making this VERY soon!
    mmm… and I have all ingredients here already 😉

  3. says

    First, this cocktail looks divine!

    OK. Please don’t judge me, but Kenny G causes me to start jonesing for Chinese food. It all goes back to the late 1980s and this local dive called China Garden. Their dining room soundtrack consisted of 1 CD (or cassette) — Kenny G.

    • says

      Now you have me ready for blood orange season. I really can’t wait to make it and see the color. I’m sure it will be incredible.

    • says

      The song “The One I Love” is one of my favorites of their songs. Stipe’s voice is very interesting and I never really noticed the difference between speaking and singing until you just mentioned it.

  4. says

    Like Paula and Susan, I immediately thought of the Orange Crush soda too – it was my favourite as a kid and we only got to drink it on special occasions. To this day, I always remember that special feeling when I drink it. But ooooooh Renee, your recipe is so much better! I alcohol (hmm…maybe I shouldn’t sound so enthusiastic, lol). I can’t wait to make and drink a giant pitcher of this!

    • says

      Thanks so much Nancy. I figured some people would think of the soda but then find a great cocktail instead. Glad you want to make a pitcher. I wish I could be there to share it with you.


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