Summer’s BEST cocktail! This Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe is as easy as it gets. Refreshing and light, it’s my favorite way to beat the summer heat. Party perfect and just in time for the summer parties!

Orange Crush Cocktail in a collins glass with an orange wedge on the side and blue and white striped straws.

Orange Crush

Who’s excited for summer? I know I am and every year I head to the Jersey Shore and kick off the season with an Orange Crush cocktail at my favorite restaurant, the Crab House. It’s a tradition we are not giving up anytime soon.

Toasting the summer with a refreshing drink, the Orange Crush is iconic in every sense of the word but it has to be made with the freshest of ingredients for it to be stellar. Fresh Orange juice, orange liquor and lemon lime soda tend to be the favorite mixers but I like to use club soda to keep the sugar factor in check.

If you haven’t had one of these frosty drinks, it’s time you change that.

Orange Crush Cocktail with sparkling water being poured into the glass.

What is an Orange Crush Cocktail?

It’s like a summer tradition and usually falls around the beginning of May. This Orange Crush Cocktail recipe is like a less fancy version of the Mimosa….kinda like it’s less buttoned up step-cousin.

A little looser on the quality of the alcohol, this one is made with orange vodka (which I usually am not a fan of), triple sec and orange juice. Make it fizzy with a little lemon lime soda and we’re good to go.

It is said to be invented by the Harborside restaurant and bar in Ocean City, Maryland but there are a bunch of beach bars on the New Jersey beaches that claim that honor, as well. 

I don’t know WHO originally invented it (and it’s claim to fame popped up around 1995) but it’s one of the most iconic drinks of the summer season.

Stateside vodka bottle, Triple Sec, sparkling water can, measuring cup with orange juice on a wicker placemat.

Ingredients You Will Need

  • Orange Juice – Fresh squeezed is the best way but you can use your favorite bottled orange juice. Do not use Orange drink or punch, it’s just not the same.
  • Orange Liquor – Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or Cointreau are all amazing in this cocktail. I lean more toward the latter two for an elevated flavor.
  • Lemon Lime Soda – This is up for debate because some people find the soda too sweet. I agree sometimes and will substitute with club soda or flavored sparkling water.
Orange juice being poured over ice in a collins glass.

How To Make an Orange Crush

  1. To make a classic Orange Crush soda cocktail, simply stir together orange vodka, triple sec (or Grand Marnier or Cointreau), FRESH SQUEEZED Orange Juice and Lemon Lime soda!
  2. Serve it over crushed ice and sip it with a pretty straw.

You could totally make this in a big punch bowl and call it an Orange Crush Punch….it’s so fun for parties OR just whip up a bunch in tiny glasses for an Orange Crush Shot! 

Orange Crush in a tall glass with an orange slice garnishing it.

More Cocktail Recipes

We also threw in this Blueberry Mojito Popsicle which is totally fab and a great way to cool off when that September sun reminds us all that, even though school has started, summer isn’t over yet. Party on, my friends!

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Orange Crush Cocktail in a collins glass with an orange wedge on the side and blue and white striped straws.

Get the Recipe: Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe

Fresh orange juice, triple sec and lemon lime soda combined together for the perfect Orange Crush cocktail. A refreshing summer cocktail!
5 from 11 votes


  • 2 ounces Orange flavored vodka
  • 2 ounces triple sec
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • lemon-lime soda


  • 1 Collins glass


  • Combine vodka and triple sec in a glass with ice.
  • Stir in the orange juice.
  • Top with lemon-lime soda.
  • Serve immediately.


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Orange Crush can be modified to create a strawberry crush, grapefruit crush or lemon crush by replacing the orange juice with strawberry puree, grapefruit juice or lemon juice.
Best served soon after making.
Calories: 333kcal, Carbohydrates: 24g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 5mg, Potassium: 124mg, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 125IU, Vitamin C: 31mg