If there is a drink that is synonymous with our beaches here in the summertime, it’s Orange Crushes. Harborside Bar & Grill in West Ocean City claims they are the “home” of the original. But, with these simple ingredients – it’s hard to imagine someone didn’t think of it first! You’ll find them on the menu in pretty much any place you go to around here. But, if there’s not a big bowl of oranges on the bar counter – beware!

The fresh juice is the key component here. Well, besides the vodka obviously! While I keep a box of OJ in the fridge, this isn’t the place for it. They are traditionally made with an orange press – which does add a certain something, squeezing out more of the essential oils from the peel I suppose. Never the less, a regular old citrus reamer or juicer is just dandy if you don’t have a citrus press on the ready.

Once you make one, you’ll be hooked. They’re deliciously light and refreshing on a hot summer evening!


  1. Kim in MD
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM | Permalink

    This looks and sounds like the perfect summer cocktail! Your photo is gorgeous!

  2. Posted July 22, 2012 at 8:23 AM | Permalink

    Ummm, YES PLEASE!! This looks PERFECT! It kinda makes me want a burger and fries to go with it. Yum!

  3. Shanna Watson
    Posted July 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM | Permalink

    Love me some goose 🙂

    • Laura
      Posted July 24, 2012 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

      Shanna – fo’ sho’. Hope your crew has a happy Pony Penning!

  4. Posted July 26, 2012 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    This belongs in our hand on the beach! The orange garnish looks especially appetizing.


  5. Kaitlind
    Posted June 4, 2013 at 11:56 PM | Permalink

    Orange crushes are a favorite in ocean city..as a full time resident and bar tender I have the actual recipe from harborside.: 1 orange juiced, 1 oz of orange vodka, 1 oz triple sec, and a splash of lemon lime soda. The plain vodka can be too harsh.

    • Posted June 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

      Thanks for that tip! I’ve actually started making my own orange vodka just for crushes – placing a few orange peels in regular vodka and let steep for a couple weeks. Running out of room in the liquor cabinet. You know it’s summer on the Shore!

  6. Michael
    Posted July 4, 2013 at 9:35 PM | Permalink

    Seriously?!? Orange CRUSH!!!!! Harborside has the audacity to slide u this drink…..
    1) over ice cubes
    2) the orange juice isn’t fresh squeezed

    The ice is supposed to be CRUSHED!!!


    • Posted July 5, 2013 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

      The ice has nothing to do with the drink – and they always have fresh squeezed orange juice at Harborside – maybe they ran out of oranges due to the Holiday?

      Stop trippin’, bro.

  7. Michael
    Posted July 5, 2013 at 10:30 PM | Permalink

    The crush means crushed ice professor.

  8. erika
    Posted August 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    Actually Michael the name Orange Crush is a tribute to the orange flavored soda named you guessed it: Crush. It has nothing to do with the ice. No need to get snippy with Laura, professor.

  9. Mike
    Posted December 30, 2013 at 9:34 PM | Permalink

    Damn erika, get down with your bad self

  10. Brenda Golden
    Posted April 2, 2014 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    funny to find this. My husband used to bring his own oranges to the Harborside Bar & Grill before it was even called that. He grew up on the fishing harbor there in West OC and it was the Stublin’ Inn in the ’80s. They got a large hand press orange juicer because everyone started bringing them oranges to crush. Don’t think the soda had anything to do with it but whatever. Now I think every bar in OC has Orange Crush mixed drinks on their menu. However the practice of flavoring liquor with fruit has been around forever…

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