Orange Thing Cocktail

Delicious recipe by Martie Duncan

I love cookbooks - I guess you could say that I am a cookbook collector!

When I saw a cookbook named "Martie Duncan's Sweet Home Alabama: Destinations & Dishes Worth the Trip," I knew I had to have it. Author Martie Duncan takes her readers on a road trip through Alabama to everyone’s favorite local restaurants and shares one amazing recipe per stop!  

Here is a classic cocktail from her cookbook:

Orange Thing Cocktail from Bottega in Birmingham


  • Crushed ice 
  • 2 oz.Tito’s Vodka
  • 1.5 oz. Triple Sec
  • 2 oz. orange juice 


  1. Fill cocktail shaker half full of crushed ice. Put additional ice in martini glass to chill.  
  2. Add the vodka, Triple Sec and orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Use a muddler and muddle for at least 10 seconds.
  4. Remove the ice from the glass. Strain the cocktail into the chilled glass and garnish with an orange wheel, if desired.

A version of this recipe first appeared in Frank Stitt’s "Southern Table," published by Artisan Books New York in 2004.

Martie Duncan is the author of three award-winning cookbooks about Alabama food: "Birmingham's Best Bites," "Magic City Cravings" and "Alabama Cravings."  "Martie Duncan's Sweet Home Alabama: Destinations & Dishes Worth the Trip" is the sequel.

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