A bartender and manager at Harborside Bar and Grill in West Ocean City talks about how bartenders came up with the popular alcoholic drink.
WASHINGTON — The unofficial drink of summer was actually invented on a winter night. But that’s just a minor footnote in the history of the Orange Crush, one of the most popular drinks you’ll find anywhere now, whether you are in a beach bar or a crab shack closer to home.
Lots of places call themselves the “Home of the Orange Crush” but generally it’s the Harborside Bar and Grill in West Ocean City, Maryland, that gets the credit for actually inventing the drink back in 1995.
“It was on a cold, winter night. The bar got really slow. They were watching some football and just started messing around with the vodka,” said Phillip Lewis, a bartender and manager at Harborside.