Can you believe it’s nearly Valentine’s Day? Wasn’t Christmas just a couple weeks ago? I swear the holidays come faster every year. Awhile ago I shared one of my favorite drinks here on the blog, How to make Orangeade. I could develop a serious addiction to that one. It’s so, so yummy! This time around I made a twist on my usual orangeade recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day — Blood Orangeade.
Orangeade is just so delicious! Since it has a full cup of sugar in it, it’s a rare treat. When I do make a pitcher of it and spend quite a bit of time juicing oranges by hand, I secretly want to hide it from my family. While it’s chilling in the fridge, they frequently will find it and drink it all before I can even get a taste of it!
Does anyone else think of Dexter when they think of blood oranges, or am I just the weird one out? It’s probably just me. I’ve been on a binge of Dexter episodes for about a week now. I’m halfway through the entire series. Should I be ashamed to admit that? Every time I watch the opening sequence, I feel the need to point out that the orange he’s cutting in half is NOT the blood orange he’s juicing in the next scene. Yes, I am that nit-picky.
Back to my precious little blood oranges. Their coloring is just beautiful. My favorite are Moro blood oranges. I just love that pinkish-red fruit and especially the juice. By themselves, they can be a bit tart for some people. Here in Texas, blood oranges are in season in the winter months. Usually I have to go to a “fancy” grocery store, but I found bags of them at Walmart just this week – 3lbs for just $3.88. W00t!
Blood orangeade is just delightful. It has a sweet & tart flavor that is just divine. The perfectly pink/red color is a wonderul addition to a special Valentine’s Day meal. Or you could booze it up and make mimosas for a Valentine’s Day brunch!
- 1 cup water + 1 cup sugar
- 7-8 blood oranges (Moro)
- 3 small lemons or 1 large lemon
- 3 cups of ice
- 5-6 cups of water
- Heat 1 cup of water in the microwave (or stovetop) until boiling. (About 2-3 minutes in microwave). Then, stir in 1 cup of sugar until completely mixed and water is clear. Set aside
- In a mesh strainer, squeeze 7-8 Moro blood oranges.
- Then, squeeze 3 small lemons (or 1 large lemon) in mesh strainer.
- There should be 1 1/2 to 2 cups of juice when finished.
- Add sugar water, additional water, and ice.
- Mix thoroughly and allow to chill for an hour or more.
- Serve and enjoy!
What a great idea for a Valentine’s Day drink!
That looks so refreshing! I’m a huge fan of blood oranges, so I’d definitely like to try this.
Looks So Yummy & Refreshing!!
That looks really good. I never had blood oranges before.
This looks delicious — I LOVE blood oranges! and you found them at Walmart?! I’ve never seen them there. What a great find!
This looks so delicious. I will definitely be trying this drink for sure! I love blood oranges too!
This looks so pretty! My son has a book about tiny vampires, and they drink blood orange juice instead of actual blood – so I always think of that when I see a blood orange! 🙂
That sounds adorable!
Wow, that looks so good. And not too hard to make.
That looks sooo yummy! I have to try this one!
Not only is this visually appealing, but it looks quite yummy! What a refreshing drink 🙂
Oohhh it looks so yummy! Pinning!
That looks yummy!
I love the Dexter reference. I’m glad I’m not the only one that noticed the error in their opening sequence. We just started watching it and we’re already on to the final season. It’s a much better show than I thought it would be!
I’ve never tried this and I’d LOVE to! thanks for sharing!
This sounds very good and refreshing! I’d love to try it.
I’ve never heard of blood oranges before. This drink sounds good. Thanks for sharing!
This sounds delicious!!
That beverage looks so tasty and refreshing! I can see why your family would enjoy it so much. The oranges you used are so bright and beautiful looking!
I love blood oranges as they are so sweet… I haven’t tried them in a drink but I’m sure it’s delish.
This looks absolutely delicious Stephanie!! I love the color!! Really really nice! 🙂