When Blood Oranges start appearing on the shelves I know there is a change of season afoot. For me they signify the end of winter and the hint of a glorious spring to come. Am I being a bit sunshine, lollipops and rainbows about this whole weather thing? You betcha! Come this time of year I’m just plain sick and tired of jackets, scarves and umbrellas and I’m ready to hit the streets in a tank top and sandals.
Every year at blood orange time I like to have an afternoon of cocktails with my favourite friend Janet. It’s a tradition born out of a rainy afternoon with nothing to look forward to but a day of chores….I casually mentioned on Facebook that I was ready to throw in the towel and make mango daiquiri’s if anyone cared to join me and Janet, understanding my plight took one for the team and ventured to my place.
Now I’m not condoning the excessive use of alcohol, which is indeed quite detrimental to your health but…when you are a clean, green eating machine most of the time it doesn’t hurt to splash out occasionally and my theory is, if you are going to drink then make it fabulous!
I’ve been experimenting with making my own cocktail syrups from scratch. When I have a dinner party I do like to start everyone off with a cocktail but things can get a bit messy when you are muddling limes and shaking, stirring or blending so I have devised these easy to make syrups that keep in the fridge. You just fill a glass with crushed ice, top with one shot of vodka or gin and one shot of cocktail syrup, garnish and you’re away. How easy is that?
- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Cook Time : 5 minutes
- Yield : 16
Zest all 10 of the oranges and place the zest in a pot. Juice the oranges and place the juice into the pot with the zest. Add the water, the citric acid and the sugar or agave. Place over a medium heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Allow to cool, strain and then store covered in the fridge until needed.
To make a blood orange caipiroska fill a small glass with crushed ice, top with one shot of vodka (I like Belvedere) and one shot of syrup. Give it a bit of a stir and then garnish with a couple of triangles of blood orange and a mint leaf.
Enjoy, you've earned it! xx