Lately, I’ve been absolutely addicted to the blood orange Italian soda from Trader Joe’s. It tastes just like the orange soda I drank when I was
21 a kid but I tell myself it’s obviously healthier because it’s a) organic and b) from Trader Joe’s. Sugar schmugar! I drink what I want.
When I saw these beautiful blood oranges at the farmer’s market last weekend, I knew exactly what I would do with them: recreate my favorite sweet beverage!
This is a fun activity for a rainy wintery day….sort of like the sangria! I must be incredibly thirsty or something lately… and just you wait! I have yet another sparkly beverage coming up in a few days.
This homemade soda uses simple syrup, or sugar water, to give it that hint of sweetness without raw sugar or honey turning into a glob at the bottom of your glass. Don’t you hate it when that happens?! You could also use agave nectar here instead of the simple syrup since agave dissolves almost instantly in cold beverages.
If you can’t find blood oranges near you, try regular oranges….or grapefruits! You might need to adjust the amount of simple syrup based on your desired level of sweetness though.
Oh, and don’t wear a white shirt and make this recipe. Just don’t.
Blood Orange Italian Soda
makes about 1 pint soda (enough for one mason jar)
for simple syrup—
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
2 large blood oranges
2 cups sparkling Italian mineral water
2 tbsp prepared simple syrup (or to taste)
To make simple syrup, combine sugar and water in a saucepot on the stove and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer while stirring until all sugar has been dissolved. Take pan off heat and let cool before storing simple syrup in the fridge (I store mine in a mason jar and it lasts me about two weeks or so).
To make sodas, juice oranges and then strain juice into a large glass. Add soda water and prepared simple syrup to taste. Serve.
5 minutes (not including time to prepare and chills simple syrup)