refreshing blood orangeade

Are there any of you out there who’ve managed to make it all the way to March without tasting a blood orange?  I hope not, but just in case you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, you’re in for a real treat.  It isn’t just about the unusual color with this orange.  The flavor is completely unique, too.   It has a hint of raspberry and a touch of sweet floral, and it’s really very enticing.  In fact, I think the best way to enjoy a blood orange, especially for the first time, is in a beverage, where you can get the full impact of the flavor.  This seems like a summery drink, I know,  but once summer rolls around blood oranges will be long gone.  Buy a few and try this simple Blood Orangeade before citrus season is officially over.

Blood Orangeade 2

Blood oranges are a little less juicy than regular oranges and tangerines, but the color and flavor of the juice is intense, so a little goes a long way.  They’re a little sweeter than regular oranges, too, so you don’t need to add sugar.

blood orange juice

For a different approach, you can make ice cubes out of the  juice, and then top them with the sparkling water.  You’ll get an instant all natural blood orange soda, and it’s a good way to preserve some of this precious juice a little longer past the season.

blood orange ice cubes

Blood Orangeade


  • Juice of 2 blood oranges
  • sparkling water
  • garnish
  • sprig of rosemary
  • a squeeze of lime


  1. Juice the oranges and pour into a glass with ice.
  2. Top off with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!

blood orange ice cubes 2

Of course it’s entirely your own business if you want to add some white wine, rum or vodka to your Blood Orangeade, and you can substitute blood orange juice for other fruits in most classic cocktails.

Have a great Monday!


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17 Responses to Minimal Monday: Blood Orangeade

  1. Juicing blood oranges while they are in season is a great idea, Sue. I have done that with Meyer lemons but never thought about the oranges. I love the color of the orange juice and can pictures it in a summer cocktail.

  2. Asmita says:

    Simply beautiful! Love that gorgeous color!

  3. Love love love blood oranges! I made some blood orange curd last week and it was gone in two days. Those juice ice cubes are a fantastic idea, Sue.

  4. Eileen says:

    Well, I haven’t had any blood oranges this season, but that’s because I’ve been eating the ordinary oranges off our backyard tree instead. Still! I should go get some before they’re gone, because this juice sounds fabulous. :)

  5. Sue my hand is raised. I have not had one but maybe I get extra points for having two in my vege/fruit drawer! I love the juice cubes – so pretty and gorgeous color.

  6. the color is amazing! how beautiful and creative with such a wonderful fruit:)

  7. Joanne says:

    I like this blood orange juice ice cube approach. I feel like that will make all my beverages happier.

    • Sue says:

      I’ve been wanting to make those for the longest time…I wonder how well they would keep in the freezer, I’m thinking of stocking up!

  8. We got a soda stream for an engagement gift and we absolutely love it (it was the first thing on our registry). I’m always looking for new things to mix with the seltzer — I’m lovin’ those juice cubes. Perfect.

  9. Velva says:

    I have managed to make it to March without tasting a blood orange and this is proof that I missing something really good. This looks amazing!


  10. Amy says:

    Looks yummy. I’ve always thought that “blood orange” is a most unfortunate name. It just isn’t appealing and that’s too bad because as you say, it has a wonderful flavor.

    • Sue says:

      I’ve never thought about that…but I can see how the name would put some people off. I hope you try one anyway, Amy, I think you’ll be glad you did.

  11. cheri says:

    How creative, love the ice cubes!

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