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Whiskey and orange juice is an ideal pairing! This 2 ingredient cocktail is a laid back and refreshing way to make a whiskey drink.

Whiskey and orange juice
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Got a bottle of OJ? Turns out, its sweet tart flavor makes it one of the most ideal cocktail mixers around. One of our favorite ways to turn it into a cocktail: Whiskey and Orange Juice! This 2 ingredient cocktail tastes like a legit drink, especially if you step it up with a few shakes of cocktail bitters. The citrus notes compliment any type of whiskey perfectly, whether it’s bourbon, rye, or Irish whiskey.

Why mix whiskey and orange juice

Why mix whiskey and orange juice? Orange juice is a fantastic cocktail mixer because of its tart flavor and lightly sweet finish. Combine it with whiskey and the citrus notes are the perfect fit to bold whiskey. It’s subtly reminiscent of a classic Whiskey Sour (though this Whiskey Lemonade is an even closer 2-ingredient version!).

This drink is similar to a Whiskey Screwdriver, but it has less OJ than the standard, to make it more like a cocktail. You’ll use a ratio of 3:2. Here’s how we like to mix whiskey and orange juice:

  • Mix 3 parts orange juice with 2 parts whiskey.
  • Add a few dashes cocktail bitters.
  • Stir together in a glass with ice. Garnish and serve!

More great whiskey mixers? Go to What to Mix with Whiskey.

Whiskey and Orange Juice

Cocktail bitters are perfect to pair with whiskey and orange juice. In fact, we love even shaking a few dashes into soda water and calling it a mocktail. They’re not required, but here’s why we like to use them here:

  • Cocktail bitters add herbal intrigue to each sip! They’re made with dozens of herbs, fruits, seeds and other botanicals, so they add a delicious nuance to the flavor.
  • It makes it a makeshift orange Old Fashioned. Whiskey is famously paired with cocktail bitters in the Old Fashioned, so it’s a nice nod to that classic drink.

Clear ice makes a statement

The Whiskey and Orange Juice is a laid-back drink you can make in 2 minutes, so you might not be trying to make a statement with styling. But to make it fancy, use clear ice! Clear ice is crystal clear instead of cloudy like ice from a tray. You can cut it into large cubes that are perfect for lowball drinks. Here are two ways to make it:

  • Make it yourself with a small cooler. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.
  • Use a clear ice maker! We’ve tried this clear ice maker and it works well: it’s also smaller and easier to fit into a freezer.
Whiskey and Orange Juice

Whiskey and orange juice variation: the Ward 8!

Another cocktail that uses whiskey and orange juice? The Ward 8! The Ward 8 is a classic cocktail invented in 1898 that pairs rye whiskey with orange juice. Add sweet orange juice and bright red grenadine for sweetness and color, and it’s a super balanced and intriguing drink! While it uses rye whiskey, you can use any type of whiskey you like. Go to this Ward 8 Cocktail recipe.

More orange juice cocktails

Orange juice is one of our top cocktail mixers: especially for 2 ingredient vodka drinks and tequila drinks! Try these tasty orange juice cocktail recipes:

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Whiskey and orange juice

Whiskey and Orange Juice

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


Whiskey and orange juice is an ideal pairing! This 2 ingredient cocktail is a laid back and refreshing way to make a whiskey drink.


  • 3 ounces* orange juice
  • 2 ounces whiskey
  • 2 dashes bitters, optional
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: orange slices and cocktail cherry (optional)


  1. Add orange juice and whiskey to an ice-filled lowball glass. Shake in the bitters and stir gently.
  2. If desired, garnish with an orange slice and cocktail cherry.


*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

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Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Mary says:

    I love this recipe! Thank you! But quick note, please remember bitters have alcohol, so adding it to soda can’t be a mocktail. Just hoping to help anyone thinking they are making something safe and special for sober individuals, pregnant women, or children…

    1. Xondro Kologero says:

      You literally add ONE dash of bitters it would be fine for a pregnant woman or child to consume. Nothing bad would happen from that amount.

  2. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!