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…

  11. Pam
    Posted July 8, 2017 at 3:42 PM | Permalink

    We always use orange vodka when we make them at home. Adds another layer of ORANGE! yay, it’s all good

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