Alex is a Virginia Beach local that enjoys the wondrous natural beauty of Virginia and sampling local food and drink.
The original orange crush is a refreshingly tasty drink that pairs well with a wide variety of cuisine. The fresh orange juice really makes a difference. Let me tell you it is just not the same when made from orange juice bought from the store.
This drink is simple and a beach classic. However, changes can be made.
Nearly every place that has a crush menu will have a wide variety of flavors to choose from, however many of them are just the regular orange crush with the flavor of liquor swapped out. We can do better than that.
We tried out hand at infusing rum at home. Let me tell you, its amazing. You can infuse rum or vodka with a varieties of fruits and spices. Our favorite mix so far as been pineapple rum infused with jalapeños. For this press three naval oranges, crush two trays on ice, and then have fun. If you add the crushed ice to the glasses first the glasses will be nicely chilled and keep the drink colder longer. We like to top the ice with the fresh squeezed orange juice and then a splash of sprite. Nic and I differ on what we like next. He prefers to go with the pineapple rum infused with jalapeños, while I prefer regular jalapeño infused rum with peach vodka. If you want an adventure you can top with a little chili powder.
Want to take a walk on the wild side? I bet you do. Half the amount of orange juice and replace with pineapple juice. Add gold rum, coconut rum, and coconut cream. After you stir it will look a little creamy. Top with a little nutmeg. This painkiller crush is amazing. Though, they will sneak up on you.
My Citrus Press
A New Hobby
I've written about orange crushes before. They are a stable at the Virginia Beach oceanfront. I've had many a crush with fish tacos while over looking the water. At the start of the pandemic we weren't able to enjoy spring days at the beach with crushes. We decided to try our hand at making them ourselves. After all, we've sat at the bar and watched them make them many times. How hard could it be? Not at all.
After a few rounds we invested in a citrus press. Just like what they have at the bars at the beach. It gets more juice out so we use less oranges, and it is way easier than hand squeezing. Not to mention I love that I can use it when I make key lime pie.
We enjoy mixing different liquors and juices and figuring out what food they pair best with. We love being able to sit on the deck and enjoy a hand crafted cocktail right at home. It is also much more economical to make crushes at home than it is to get one at the beach.
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