Celebrate the Fourth with an Orange Crush

As we gear up for Independence Day in the Cape Region, there’s no better way to toast to summer and freedom than with an Orange Crush cocktail. This beloved drink was invented in the 1990s at the iconic Harborside in Ocean City, MD, and has been adopted across the Delmarva peninsula. While barhopping in Dewey Beach, you’ll likely notice they’ve claimed it as their own – and named it accordingly, the Dewey Crush. Here’s how you can whip up this summer sensation right at home:

Celebrate the Fourth with an Orange Crush


  • 2 ounces orange-flavored vodka
  • 2 ounces triple sec (orange liqueur)
  • Juice of one fresh orange
  • Lemon-lime soda, to top
  • Orange slice or twist, for garnish
  • Ice cubes


Craft Your Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the orange-flavored vodka, triple sec, and the juice from a freshly squeezed orange. Shake it up to blend the flavors and chill the mixture.

Prepare Your Glass: Grab your favorite tall glass and fill it with ice cubes, ensuring your drink stays cool and crisp.

Strain and Pour: Once shaken, strain the citrusy concoction into your
prepared glass, allowing the flavors to mingle over the ice.

Top It Off: Give your Orange Crush its signature sparkle by adding a
splash of lemon-lime soda to taste.

Garnish: To add a touch of flair, add a slice of orange to the rim.

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