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Best Orange Crush Recipe

  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


I've got a crush on you! This is the Orange Crush recipe that will have you sipping and singing all summer long. It's made with fresh orange juice and sparkling water for a bright and fizzy summertime drink. I provide options in the recipe for how to make it refined sugar-free and gluten-free.  Make it with or without alcohol for a delicious sip every time.


  • 3 cups crushed ice cubes (for serving)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fresh squeezed orange juice (from 2-3 large Valencia oranges)
  • 3 shots (4.5 ounces) orange (or mandarin) flavored vodka (see notes for gluten-free recommendations)
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) triple sec (omit for gluten-free and/or refined sugar-free)
  • 1 can orange, tangerine or lemon/lime flavored sparkling water (I use Spindrift which is flavored naturally with real fruit juice)
  • 1 cup cubed ice for cocktail shaker
  • 1 small navel orange for garnish, sliced into 1/4 inch wheels the then wedges from the wheels 


  1. Divide the crushed ice between the 2 glasses so each glass is about 3/4 full of crushed ice.  
  2. Add the orange juice, orange vodka and triple sec to a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake well. Divide between the two glasses filled with crushed ice.
  3. Top off each glass with the orange sparkling water.
  4. Gently stir then garnish with navel orange slices.  Serve and enjoy immediately.


To make this a mocktail, simply omit the vodka and triple sec.  Add more fresh squeezed orange juice or sparkling water in place of it.

To make this cocktail gluten-free use omit the triple sec and use one of these brand's of gluten-free vodka: 

  • Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • Crystal Head Vodka
  • Ciroc Vodka
  • Grey Goose Vodka
  • Cold River Vodka
  • Ocean Vodka
  • Dixie Vodka. 
  • Chopin Vodka

The classic orange crush recipe uses Sprite for fizz and added citrus flavor.  To keep this recipe refined sugar-free, omit the Triple Sec and Sprite and use orange/mango, lemon or lime flavored Spindrift which is simply flavored with real fruit juice.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Category: Cocktail

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