A fresh, juicy blood orangeade made with a tangy orange syrup topped up with sparkling water. The make-ahead syrup keeps well in the fridge, for easy, fruity summer drinks.
Can you get blood oranges where you are based? They are not very common in the UK, but my local supermarket has been stocking them for the past couple of months. So fragrant and juicy, much, much better than the bulk oranges I usually see.
Make a stash of the base orange syrup – you can use it for cocktails (like this Blood orange fizz cocktail) or drizzle over desserts. It won't go to waste.
A simple, summery soft drink.
blood orange syrup
- 2 blood oranges cut into 2-3 cm chunks
- 300 g sugar
- 2 tbsp blood orange syrup
- 1 thin slice fresh blood orange
- 200 ml sparkling water
for the syrup
- Add the sugar and 500g water to a medium saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Boil until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer add the orange chunks. Simmer for 30-45 minutes, until the pith looks translucent and the syrup is dark orange.
- Remove from the heat, strain the syrup into a heatproof container and leave to cool. Store in the fridge.
for the orangeade
- Spoon or pour the syrup into a large glass and gently slide in the blood orange slice. Top up with sparkling water. Stir gently with a spoon or cocktail stirrer to mix in the syrup if needed.