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Blood orange tangelo sparkler

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Since blood oranges aren’t around for very long (they’re available in August here in Australia), I like making something special with them.  This sparkly juice drink tastes great and you can make it as healthy and sugar free as you like.  The orange flower essence is optional (I really can’t remember where I purchased mine and it’s way over the use-by date) but does add a little something.

blood orange sparkler

Recipe for blood orange sparkler

1/4 cup of water
1/4 cup raw caster sugar
4 blood oranges (640g), juiced
1 large tangelo (280g), juiced
1 tspn orange flower essence (optional)
Squeeze lime juice
140mls chilled sparkling (carbonated) soda water
Lime slices

Add 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup caster sugar to a small pan and heat, stirring on low/medium heat until sugar has dissolved.  Cool a bit at room temperature then pour into heatproof jug and chill.

Add juices, orange flower essence and lime juice to a jug (if you prefer a pulp free drink, sieve the juices first).  Add soda water and taste then add sugar syrup to taste (I used around half the mixture).

Add ice or chill in the fridge for 15 minutes or so, if desired.  Add lime slices just before serving.  It does keep in the fridge quite well but will lose it’s sparkle over time.

Serves: 2-3

Note:  You could try this recipe with oranges and red or yellow grapefruit, which are more readily available

    11 Responses leave one →
    1. August 9, 2012

      This looks so refreshing! Love the glasses :)

    2. August 9, 2012

      Oh, how beautiful! One of my favorite memories of visiting Rome is drinking blood orange juice at the bar of a café. Your photos brought me right back there!

    3. August 9, 2012

      This looks amazing! I do love blood oranges, but it is getting hold of them that is tricky.

    4. August 9, 2012

      Oh and I forgot to say….. Beautiful photos!

      • August 9, 2012

        Thanks Jacqueline ♥, they’re only available a few short weeks here and I often miss out.

    5. August 10, 2012

      Such a lovely drink. I adore blood oranges, they’re in my top ten favorite foods.

    6. August 11, 2012

      Emma, I just love, blood orange, which we only get during the month of January here, in S. Florida! I imagine you’re getting an abundance of blood oranges, since its your winter season at this time!
      Beautiful photos as well…would love to have a glass of the delicious orange juice:D xo

    7. August 13, 2012

      Gorgeous! I’m going to use this recipe for other citrus until blood oranges come around here. Looks perfectly refreshing!

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