Vodka Made in Florida From Four Florida Orange Varieties
By Kara Chalmers
Yes. This drink – called “Orange Crush” – tastes as good as it looks.
And I’d also like to try some other cocktails featuring 4 Orange Premium Vodka, a spirit distilled in Florida from four distinct varieties of Florida oranges grown in the groves of the Peace River basin.
4 Orange is the world’s first and only vodka made from Florida oranges (specifically, Parson Brown, Temple, Valencia and Hamlin varieties).
Made at a distillery (Florida's first registered distillery) in Lake Alfred, near Orlando, the crystal-clear vodka is 40 percent alcohol by volume (80 proof). Each bottle contains the equivalent of 20 Florida oranges.
After looking through the cocktail recipes on the 4 Orange website, my husband and I decided to try Orange Crush, pictured. The vodka itself has a natural orange flavor and a delicate orange blossom aroma, so we thought the addition of mint and lime would result in a delicious concoction. We were right.
4 Orange is served at restaurants and bars in Florida (and in other states, as well). It can be purchased for about $25 at Total Wine & More, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Crown Wine & Spirits and other stores.
To read more about the varieties of oranges, as well as how they are turned into vodka.
Below I included the recipe for Orange Crush. To find out how to make other cocktails, like Pink Flamingo, Sun Sophisticate and Grove Stand.
Orange Crush from Orange Premium Vodka
- 1.5oz 4 Orange Premium Vodka
- orange slices
- lime, quartered
- .5oz simple syrup
- mint leaves
- 2oz club soda
Muddle orange, lime, simple syrup and mint in a mixing glass. Add vodka and shake with ice. Pour contents into a double rocks glass. Top with club soda.
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