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Blood Orange Syrup

I love blood orange season. There's something so desirable about these dark purple fleshed oranges that have added nutrients due to the anthocyanins. I wanted to make the most of their beautiful juice so I decided to make a blood orange syrup. This syrup doesn't involve any boiling at all, just a little quick whisking.

The amount of juice that you get from blood oranges depends on their size and blood oranges don't give up a lot of syrup so I put an approximate amount of oranges but an exact amount of juice. All you do to make this cold processed syrup is to whisk the juice with some icing sugar! That's it!! You can of course do this with regular oranges or other citrus but just adjust the sweetness according to how sour the citrus is. I make my lemonade this way too!

It's a fresh syrup so not ideal for preserving but it will last for a week in your fridge - if you don't drink it all before then. I decant it into a bottle and then use it in sodas although lately we've been using it in cocktails like gin & tonics and it has been incredible. Just add 2 shots/60ml/2flozs of this blood orange syrup to each G&T. I had to make sure that I left some in order to test how long it lasted because quite honestly it would have all been gone in 3 days otherwise. We've been drinking a lot of gin & tonics! ;)

Blood Orange Syrup

Speaking of needing a drink, I was sending a package to Valentina but because Australia Post has sort of quit we use a courier service that she found because it costs $11 to send her a massive box of goodies across Sydney and they come and collect it. The only downside is that it's not a super fast courier so it can take a day or two to arrive. Also the pick up window was 9am-5pm so you have to make sure you're home all day which is not a big deal nowadays.

By 12noon nobody had arrived I was about to hop in the shower after my workout although I did have a sneaking suspicion that they'd arrive then (because of course right). I had just gotten out of the shower and was dripping wet and then I heard the knock on our front door. "Hang on!!" I yelled dragging on a robe that stuck to my wet skin like glue. "Hang on I'm comiiiing!" I said walking towards the door. I put on a mask because I knew that I had to hand him something and sign for it and then I opened the door.

There was nobody there.

But there was a package. I picked it up. It looked like a bag of clothes. I wasn't expecting anything so I looked closer. It wasn't for us. It wasn't even for our tower. Hell it wasn't even for our address!

"You've got the wrong address!" I said yelling out the window to the delivery guy in the high viz that was running away. He looked back for a second, his eyes widened but kept running away leaving me to deliver the package to my neighbour.

I think he most definitely needed a drink...

So tell me Dear Reader, what is your choice of drink currently? Do you like blood oranges?

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Cold Processed Blood Orange Syrup

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An Original Recipe by Lorraine Elliott

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 0 minutes

Makes 2 cups of syrup

  • 2 cups/500mls/1pint blood orange juice (around 8-10 blood oranges)
  • 3/4 cup/115g/4ozs to 1 cup/155g/5.5ozs pure icing or powdered sugar (depending on how sweet you want it)

Blood Orange Syrup

Step 1 - Whisk the sugar into the juice until dissolved. Decant into a bottle and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Blood Orange Syrup