Enjoy the Perfectly Sweet and Tangy Blend of Lemon, Fresh Orange Juice and a Hint of Honey – A Summer Thirst Quencher
Indulge in the delightful essence of summer with our captivating orange blossom recipe. This refreshing concoction celebrates the natural sweetness of freshly squeezed orange juice, harmoniously blended with the zesty tang of lemon juice.
A touch of honey adds just the right amount of sweetness, while cold water brings a revitalizing chill to each sip.
Garnished with slices of vibrant orange and lemon and optionally accented by a sprig of fresh mint, the Orange Blossom is a symphony of flavors that will transport your taste buds to a sunny citrus paradise.
Prepare to be enchanted by this enchanting elixir, perfect for any occasion that calls for a burst of citrusy delight.
Here’s a refreshing and delightful recipe called Orange Blossom that features the citrusy flavors of oranges:
The Orange Blossom Recipe:
- 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (about 4-6 oranges)
- 1/4 cup honey or agave syrup (adjust to your preferred sweetness)
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup cold water
- 1 shot Vodka
- 1/2 shot Orange liqueur
- Ice cubes
- Orange slices for garnish
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish (optional)
- Juice the oranges and lemons to get fresh and tangy citrus juices. Make sure to strain the juices to remove any pulp or seeds if desired.
- Combine the freshly squeezed orange juice, lemon juice, honey (or agave syrup), and cold water in a pitcher or large mixing bowl. Stir well until the honey/agave is fully dissolved.
- Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness according to your preference. You can add more honey/agave if you like a sweeter drink or more lemon juice for a tangier flavor.
- Once you’re satisfied with the taste, refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes to chill it thoroughly.
- When you’re ready to serve, fill tall glasses with ice cubes.
- Add 1 shot of Vodka
- Add 1/2 shot Orange liqueur
- Pour the chilled Orange Blossom mixture into each glass, leaving some space at the top.
- Garnish each glass with an orange slice or lemon slice.
- Add a sprig of fresh mint leaves to each glass (optional) for an extra touch of freshness.
- Serve immediately and enjoy the refreshing and citrusy goodness of Orange Blossom!
TIP: This recipe can be easily adjusted by doubling or tripling the quantities to serve more people. It’s a perfect drink for hot summer days, brunch gatherings, or any time you want a delicious citrus treat.
Try different kinds of citrus, such as blood oranges or Cuties oranges (beware of extra sweet fruit)
Mocktail: Remove the vodka and Orange liqueur. Add a shot of an orange flavored sparking beverage for fizziness.
Did you know?
The Orange Blossom recipe name “Orange Blossom” also refers to the fragrant flowers of the orange tree (Citrus sinensis). These flowers are known for their sweet and aromatic scent, and they are a symbol of purity and fertility in various cultures.
The blossoms are commonly used in perfumes, aromatherapy, and culinary applications to add a delicate orange-flower flavor to dishes and beverages. So, the name “Orange Blossom” not only represents the delightful citrus drink but also carries a connection to the beautiful and fragrant flowers of the orange tree.
A little history:
The Orange Blossom cocktail can be traced back to the early 20th century, and it has its origins in the United States. It was a popular drink during the Prohibition era (1920-1933) when the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages were prohibited. This led to the rise of speakeasies, hidden bars where people could obtain and enjoy illicit alcoholic drinks.
The Orange Blossom cocktail gained popularity during this period due to its simplicity and the use of readily available ingredients. The cocktail’s main components, freshly squeezed orange juice, and orange liqueur, allowed speakeasies to create a refreshing and flavorful drink without the need for hard-to-find, high-quality liquors.
As the Prohibition era ended and the sale of alcohol became legal again, the popularity of the Orange Blossom continued to grow. It found its way into cocktail books and became a staple in many bars and restaurants, especially during the summer months.