Blood Orangeade ~ a healthy soda substitute!

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Blood Orangeade is a beautiful and refreshing homemade soda made without sugar or anything artificial ~ celebrate the best of citrus season with this gorgeous healthy drink!

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.

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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.

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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.

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Now that you’re acquainted with blood oranges, you need to try my Blood Orange Jam ~ it’s a truly unique experience! And once you’ve got a batch of the jam, you’ve got the makings for Blood Orange Crumble Bars. I’ll have you hooked in no time 🙂

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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.

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Blood Orangeade

Blood Orangeade is a beautiful and refreshing homemade soda made without sugar or anything artificial.
Course beverage
Cuisine American
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

  • Juice of 2 blood oranges
  • sparkling water

garnish

  • sprig of rosemary
  • a squeeze of lime

Instructions

  • Juice the oranges and pour into a glass with ice.
  • Top off with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy!
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Notes:

  • You’ll find there are several varieties of blood oranges out on the market. One has very dark, almost purple-y black flesh, and others have lighter, sometimes mottled flesh. Whichever you find, the flavor will be sublime.

 

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    March 5, 2014 at 9:01 am

    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.

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