Posted on | April 14, 2007 | 25 Comments |
Spring is in the air! Suddenly there is a whole new variety of fruits and vegetables in the grocery stores. One fruit I look forward to in spring is Blood Orange – a variety of orange with dark red flesh. The juice is sweeter than regular oranges since the fruit is less acidic and it tastes a bit like raspberries mixed with oranges. Blood Oranges are full of antioxidants and are excellent sources of Vitamin C. The juice is normally used in a variety of cocktails, and also blood orange reduction (made by boiling the juice to reduce the liquid, thus intensifying the flavor) is used in a variety of red meat and dessert recipes. Learn more about Blood Oranges here.
I picked up some blood oranges on my last grocery run thinking of making a blood orange margarita. After juicing one I realized that I would need a lot more oranges than the measly three I had, to make two glasses of Margarita! I didn’t want to waste the juice, so decided to use it to kick up a virgin limeade (akin to lemonade, but with lime) instead. The result was a sweet citrusy drink with a beautiful dark pink color.
- Juice from 1 lime
- Juice from 1 blood orange
- 2 tbsp mint infused sugar syrup (or sugar to taste)
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- a pinch of salt
- 1 cup water
Combine all the ingredients, stir to mix. Strain into a glass, garnish with a lime wedge.
Delicious limeade for a hot summer day ready!
Fun Fact about Lime:
In order to prevent scurvy during the 19th century, British sailors were issued a daily allowance of citrus such as lime (presumably Citrus aurantifolia), which led in
time to the nickname “limey” for all Britons. It was later discovered that this beneficial effect derived from the quantities of Vitamin C the fruit contains.
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