BLOOD ORANGE SPRITZER

Photography by Hannah Baik.

Photography by Hannah Baik.

Finally, the season of backyard barbecues and summer soireés is upon us! But warm weather also means less layers... and the aftermath of a couple beers and a hot dog bun can leave you feeling less-than-best in your bikini. This blood orange spritzer is a refreshing alternative to offer guests at your next social gathering. Blood oranges offer high levels of vitamin C (great for boosting collagen production) and anthocyanins, the antioxidants responsible for the beautiful pigmentation.

This wonderful recipe from A Couple Cooks combines rosemary with blood orange for a delicious pairing.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 sprigs rosemary (I recommend more, however)
  • 3 large blood oranges (I used more: 4 for juicing and 1 for garnish)
  • 750mL sparkling water

PREPARATION:

  • Heat the honey, 3 tbsp water, and 3 sprigs rosemary in a small pot over low heat until combined, about a minute or so. I will use extra rosemary next time I make this, as the flavor was a touch too subtle.
  • Allow the rosemary syrup to cool and discard the sprigs.
  • Juice the oranges and combine the juice with the rosemary syrup and sparkling water. 
  • Garnish your pitcher with the remaining rosemary and add a blood orange wedge to each glass.
  • Enjoy!

*Add a splash of grapefruit juice for added tang!