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{taste} blood orange simple syrup

by Lila on April 2, 2012

There is a little coffee shop down the street from where I work. They have all the things you want to eat:  soups, biscuits, incredible chai tea, and delicious homemade sodas. Since trying their variety of flavors I have been inspired to make some flavors of my own. With citrus taking center stage in every market, I thought I would start with blood orange.

Many recipes I looked at said one cup water to one cup sugar. I experimented a little and, because I was more into flavor than sugar, I tried 1/2 cup sugar to 1 cup water. It resulted in a thinner syrup, that I have found is perfect for flavoring bubbly water.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Juice and peels of 3 blood oranges

Step 1: Put water and sugar into a sauce pan and cook over medium-high heat until all sugar has dissolved.

Step 2: Remove from heat and add juice. During this phase I tried an experiment. In one jar I added the juice and the rind from the oranges and in the other I only added the juice only. I was hoping the rind would give the syrup a little extra bite. In the end the difference was hardly noticeable. Next time I might include the rind while the mixture is still on the stove.

Step 3: Allow liquid to cool in a jar on the counter. Once cool, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

I add about 2 tablespoons to sparkling water for a little refreshment. This syrup would also make a tempting cocktail. I already have a couple concoctions I’d like to try. I’ll be sure to share whatever I come up with. Enjoy!



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