Where to Find the Best Orange Crushes in Maryland

If you’re like me and you’re on the quest for the best Orange Crushes in Maryland, I’ve done the painstaking research and have the results!

Clearly, since this tangy, refreshing, citrusy, alcoholic concoction originated right here in my home state of Maryland, I HAD to find out where to find the best of the best!

Since the inception of Maryland’s very own Orange Crush drink (and, no, it doesn’t involve Orange Crush soda), it has become THE iconic, most refreshing cocktail of the Summer!

As a matter of fact, because Orange Crushes are so darn popular, you no longer have to travel down to the ocean to get that instant beachside paradise vibe!

AND, don’t just wait until a hot summer day to enjoy this delicious cocktail!

You can get a refreshing Orange Crush Cocktail any season of the year.

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland

This list includes iconic beachside spots in Ocean City, local favorites in Baltimore, and even the top spots in Frederick, Md!

*As always, please drink responsibly and use a designated driver*

Needless to say, there is no shortage of places to find the best Orange Crush in Maryland.

So, grab a group of friends and indulge in the most ultimate Orange Crush experience Maryland has to offer!

What’s in an Orange Crush?

But first, (yes, I know the suspense is killing you!) what are the simple ingredients used in the classic Orange Crush recipe?

Orange Crush Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Vodka – can be plain vodka or orange flavor (Deep Eddy Orange Vodka is a favorite)
  • Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice from a whole (Valencia) orange – preferably squeezed to order!
  • 3/4 oz Triple Sec (orange liqueur)
  • Splash of Lemon Lime Soda (like Sprite or Sierra Mist)
  • Shake all ingredients with a cocktail shaker and serve (typically in a pint glass) over ice cubes or crushed ice
  • Garnish with an orange slice

Variety of Crush Flavors

There are an unlimited number of varieties and flavors of Crushes. But to keep it authentic, use the fresh juice of citrus fruits.

Besides orange, some of the most popular other citrus flavors are:

  • 50/50 Crush – Combination of fresh orange and grapefruit juice
  • Skinny Orange Crush Recipe – Same as the regular recipe except it’s less sugar when you substitute club soda for Sprite
  • Grapefruit Crush
  • Lemon Crush – with a lemon wedge
  • Lime Crush – with a lime wedge
  • Egg Custard Crush

Other Popular Crush Cocktails

  • Captain Crush – Use Captain Morgan Spiced Rum
  • Pineapple Crush
  • Sour Berry Crush
  • Dole Whip Crush
  • Creamsicle Crush – Use vanilla or whipped cream vodka

However, if you want an authentic Maryland Orange Crush, stick to the original recipe.

BUT, I gotta say, one of the responses I got when I asked where to get the best Orange Crush, was a delicious sounding Orange Crush recipe she makes for a big gathering.

Batch Creamsicle Orange Crush Cocktail Recipe:

  • 1 Liter Sprite
  • 1 container orange juice (52 oz) – if you have an orange press, use fresh orange juice
  • 1 bottle (750) Svedka Clementine (Orange-Flavored Vodka)
  • 1 pint (375) Pinnacle Whipped Vodka
  • 1 pint (375) Triple Sec
  • Fresh Orange Wedge

Another reader said that instead of equal parts Pinnacle Whipped Vodka and Triple Sec, she adds 1 part whipped vodka and 1/2 part Triple Sec.

Also, you really don’t need a fancy juicer to make an Orange Crush.

Although, if you’re making a big batch of it, a fancy juicer might be well worth the investment.

So, now that you know what an Orange Crush is and how many ways you can drink it or make it, here’s THE list of the Best Orange Crushes in Maryland.

Best Spots in Maryland to Get An Orange Crush

1. Harborside Bar & Grill

Harborside Bar & Grill
12841 Harbor Rd
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 213-1846

Their claim to fame is being the home of the original Orange Crush, using juice squeezed from fresh oranges.

Although they have claimed this title since 1995, some people will disagree that Harborside actually INVENTED the Orange Crush drink.

However, they ARE the ones who marketed it’s name as the Orange Crush, which ultimately put this cocktail on the Maryland map.

And they happen to be REALLY good at Harborside!

2. The Jetty Restaurant & Dock

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
Photo credit: The Jetty Restaurant & Dock

The Jetty Restaurant & Dock
201 Wells Cove Rd
Grasonville, MD 21638
(410) 827-4959

Nestled along the scenic Eastern Shore, The Jetty offers a fantastic selection of Orange Crush flavors. From traditional to pineapple, watermelon, and even grape, their Crushes are made with fresh fruit juices and a generous pour of vodka. Enjoy your drink while taking in picturesque views of the Chester River.

3. Das Bierhalle

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
Photo credit: Das Bierhalle

2 Locations:
Das Bierhalle
9527 Harford Rd
Parkville, MD 21234
(410) 668-1011
119 S Main St
Bel Air, MD 21014
(443) 819-3617

4. The Bearded Clam

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
Photo credit: The Bearded Clam

The Bearded Clam
15 Wicomico St
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-4498

Based on my research, The Bearded Clam is the establishment who invented the Orange Crush when they opened up their bar in Ocean City in 1978.

At that time, they didn’t call them Orange Crushes.

They called them ‘squeezer drinks’.

5. Looney’s Pub

Looney's Pub
Photo credit: Looney’s Pub

4 Locations:
Looney’s Pub
8706 Belair Rd
Nottingham, MD 21236
(443) 725-7324

8150 Baltimore Ave
College Park, MD 20740
(240) 542-4510

8180 Maple Lawn Blvd
Fulton, MD 20759
(301) 617-3593

312 S Main St
Bel Air, MD 21014
(410) 803-7080

6. Hard Yacht Cafe

Hard Yacht Cafe
Photo credit: Hard Yacht Cafe

Hard Yacht Cafe
8500 Cove Rd
Dundalk, MD 21222
(443) 407-0038

7. Tiki Bar & Grill Solomons

Tiki Bar & Grill Solomons
85 Charles St
Solomons, MD 20688
(410) 449-6621

8. Foxy’s Harbor Grille

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
Photo credit: Foxy’s Harbor Grille

Foxy’s Harbor Grille
125 Mulberry St
St Michaels, MD 21663
(410) 745-4340

As can see from the photo above, Foxy’s makes Crush Buckets. Mmm!

9. Pickles Pub

Pickles Pub
706 Philadelphia Ave
Ocean City, MD 21842
(410) 289-4891

10. Mama’s On The Half Shell

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
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Mama’s On The Half Shell
2901 O’Donnell St
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410) 276-3160

Best Spots in Frederick Maryland To Get An Orange Crush

1. The Derby Restaurant & Bar

The Derby Restaurant
Photo credit: The Derby Restaurant & Bar

The Derby Restaurant & Bar
83 Old National Pike
New Market, MD 21774
(301) 865-2222

2. Dutch’s Daughter

Dutch’s Daughter
581 Himes Ave
Frederick, MD 21703
(301) 668-9500

3. White Rabbit Gastropub

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
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White Rabbit Gastropub
18 Market Space
Frederick, MD 21701
(240) 651-1952

4. Memories Charcoal House

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland
Photo credit: Memories Charcoal House

Memories Charcoal House
403 E Ridgeville Blvd
Mt Airy, MD 21771
(301) 829-2264

5. Madrones

7810 Wormans Mill Rd
Frederick, MD 21701
(240) 439-4010

6. Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar

Best Orange Crushes in Maryland

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar
41 S Market St
Frederick, MD 21701
(240) 575-9876

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