Orange Crush Cocktail for #SundaySupper

by Renee on August 4, 2013

Orange Crush Cocktail | Magnolia Days

What 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 Days

What 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

5 minutes

Makes 1 serving

Orange Crush Cocktail

  • 2 ounces fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 tablespoon triple sec
  • Splash of lemon-lime sparkling water or soda
  • Orange slice for garnish

Combine the orange juice, vodka, and triple sec in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Cover and shake vigorously.

Pour contents of shaker into a highball glass.

Pour a splash of lemon-lime sparkling water on top and stir to combine.

Garnish with orange slice.

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The Ninja Baker August 4, 2013 at 6:55 am

Your orange crush looks so good, Renee. You just may make a drinker out of me!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Kim and you can go easier on the vodka and triple sec and make it more of a beginner beverage.

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes August 4, 2013 at 8:02 am

When I thought about this song all that came to mind was the bottled soft drink, Crush. You made a great cocktail with that song, really awesome! I love that it has triple sec Renee. It looks so innocent…

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Well, the song really is about the soft drink but I let it inspire me for a cocktail. I prefer it over the soft drink anyway.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers August 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

Ohhh, this drink is right up my alley!! I love it!

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Liz August 4, 2013 at 8:49 am

What a simple, yummy cocktail! Orange crush is one of the few sodas I will drink :)

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I haven’t had an Orange Crush soda in so many years. I cut out all those soft drinks long ago.

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Susan August 4, 2013 at 9:13 am

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.

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Oh yes, like a uber screwdriver.

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Jen @JuanitasCocina August 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

This is SO much more than I was hoping for when I saw your title for today! I’ll take 3. :D

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:53 pm

You got it Jen! Cheers!

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Megan @ I Run For Wine August 4, 2013 at 10:01 am

YUM! I’m currently on our family vacation and have all of these ingredients on hand – we will be making this cocktail tonight!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Thanks and I hope you enjoyed them on your vacation.

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Nicole August 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

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 ;)

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

It is a really nice color which makes it even better for sipping.

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Karen Hartzell (@InTheKitchenKP) August 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

OK. I am making a frozen version of this today in my machine! I have all the ingredients! Wahoo!!
PS…I also think of the crazy tea party with Tom Petty thanks to the era of MTV when they actually played music videos. :-)

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:55 pm

A frozen version would be great too! I do miss those days of actually seeing videos on MTV.

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Heather @girlichef August 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

Oh, perfect! This is like a sophisticated screwdriver ;). Love the inspiration!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Heather! Nice description, I like the term “sophisticated”.

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adam @unorthodoxepicure August 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

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.

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Oh my, a restaurant with only 1 cd and it was Kenny G. I hope the food was good enough to listen to it over and over again.

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Linda | The Urban Mrs August 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

Lovely color and very refreshing too. That’s right, life will be boring without music…and this cocktail.

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Linda!

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Tara August 4, 2013 at 11:23 am

So refreshing and so very good!!! Love this cocktail and I love REM too!!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Glad to see another REM fan. I’m really partial to them since they are from Georgia.

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Rachel @ Runner's Tales August 4, 2013 at 11:36 am

This cocktail sounds amazing!

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Camille August 4, 2013 at 12:06 pm

That looks so refreshing for summer, too!

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Laura Dembowski August 4, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I am going to make one of these cocktails and sit on the deck and enjoy this beautiful day. This is exactly what my summer needed :)

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:58 pm

I agree – a perfect cocktail for sitting outside and enjoying a nice summer day. I hope you enjoy it very much.

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Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious August 4, 2013 at 12:25 pm

I have everything. This is a must-make!

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Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) August 4, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Wow!! That cocktail is a perfect embodiment of that song… I love that tune too

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Thank you Sarah and I’m glad you think it is fitting for the song too.

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Conni @FoodieArmyWife August 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

This looks delicious and refreshing – perfect for summer!

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Courtney @ Neighborfood August 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Mmm…so refreshing and bright! Seems like the perfect summer cocktail.

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Lori @ Foxes Love Lemons August 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Sounds perfectly refreshing and delicious. And just imagine the dramatic color if you used you a BLOOD orange when they’re in season!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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.

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Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom August 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Renee,
what a great song! and love the orange crush cocktail recipe!

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Amy Kim (@kimchi_mom) August 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

This sounds soooo refreshing!

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Anita at Hungry Couple August 5, 2013 at 9:29 am

Nice! I just want to sit on a porch and sip this while music plays in the background!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Great idea Anita and I hope you do.

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DB-The Foodie Stuntman @ Crazy Foodie Stunts August 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Sounds refreshing! I don’t listen to R.E.M. a lot but one of my favorites is The One I Love off of “Document” I’ve always been amazed at Stipe’s vocal range because he his voice is always in higher octaves when he sings but he’s got a deep voice whenever he is interviewed.

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

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.

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Kim@ Treats & Trinkets August 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm

So, since its got orange juice, that means it’s for breakfast, right?

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Oh sure! Some people have mimosas, you can have an Orange Crush.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere August 5, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Oh yum! This sounds so refreshing! Do you think it would work with tequila or white rum? (I’m not much of a vodka gal :) )

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:06 pm

As long as they have a mild flavor then you can probably substitute.

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Priscilla | ShesCookin August 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I love that song! Gorgeous photo – the cocktail looks so bright and refreshing, I’d like to have it for breakfast :)

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Cheers to cocktails at breakfast!

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Family Foodie August 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm

LOVE the color of this drink. It is beautiful! This is the kind of drink I like to sit around the pool on a summer hot day and sip on.

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Absolutely! Like sipping sunshine by the pool.

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Nancy @ gottagetbaked August 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

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 love.love.LOVE alcohol (hmm…maybe I shouldn’t sound so enthusiastic, lol). I can’t wait to make and drink a giant pitcher of this!

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Renee August 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

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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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips August 7, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This sounds so refreshing, Renee!

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Cindys Recipes and Writings August 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Sounds so refreshing, Renee!

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Hezzi-D August 8, 2013 at 6:52 am

This sounds like a refreshing summer beverage! You could even use it in place of mimosas for brunch!

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Anne @ Webicurean August 10, 2013 at 2:21 pm

LOVE R.E.M.! Seems we have all the ingredients to try these tonight!

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Renee August 10, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Oh wonderful – enjoy the cocktail!

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Jennie @themessybakerblog August 12, 2013 at 2:15 pm

This is my absolute favorite cocktail. Your version looks so refreshing.

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Renee August 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm

Thank Jennie and cheers!

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Katie August 13, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Simple but deliciously refreshing – this is definitely my kind of cocktail!

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