Blood Orange Lemonade

in Drinks

I’m a little excited about Spring, can’t you tell?!

Also, aren’t Spring showers so much more glamorous in theory.

In our dreams, there’s brightly colored tulips dripping with rain drops, yellow Hunter rainboots, super cute umbrelleas–but it never goes that way, does it?

Instead there’s matted-hair-that-was-just-rained-on, water seeping through shoes reaching socks (ew!), and just overall not cuteness.

That’s why when LA decided to be gross and rainy this weekend, I figured it might be a good idea to make the sprightliest thing I could figure out.

Let’s talk blood oranges. Scary name, pretty insides.

They look totally normal on the outside, but inside they’re a stunner.  I like to think of them as the supermodel of the orange variety.

I think of food in really strange ways. Sorry!!

This drink utilizes a bunch of blood oranges (they were on sale!) and a bunch of lemons. I bought that little hand juicer for $2–super awesome. World Market.

I took two measuring cups, and went to town. Pretty easy, except my hands look like I murdered someone after juicing all of them.

Also, since pulp makes me wanna vom, I ran the blood orange and lemon juice through a sieve. Then added water and some simple syrup. If you love pulp then congratulations, less work for you.

I recommend this. I like to put spins on things to give things a little extra specialness. Two things that would make this super special: sparkling water, instead of flat. Note: This only works if you’re serving it right away, or else it’ll just get flat.

And to spice it up I juiced a small piece of ginger and added it at the last second. It’s like this added punch of spiciness. You can do this too, if you like. I recommend it.

Go Spring!!

Blood Orange Lemonade

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Recipe adapted from Danny Boome

Simple Syrup:

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup water

Lemonade:

1 cup fresh blood orange juice, 6 to 7 oranges

1 cup fresh lemon juice, 4 to 5  lemons

3 cups water

1/2 blood orange for garnish

Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish

Ginger (optional)

In a medium saucepan heat sugar and water for about 5 minutes until all the sugar is dissolved and it becomes a syrup consistency. Set aside to cool slightly.

Juice blood oranges and lemons in separate measuring cups. In a pitcher, add the blood orange juice, lemon juice, water, and simple syrup. If you don’t like pulp then just place a sieve over the pitcher and run it through that.  Pour over ice and serve with blood orange slices and mint as garnish.

If you want it with a kick, then juice a piece of ginger and add it. Highly recommend.

Stays good in the fridge for 3 days.

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Becky March 21, 2011 at 1:57 am

Adrianna, this lemonade looks super refreshing and delicious!!!

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Jessica @ How Sweet March 21, 2011 at 3:38 am

what a fabulous color! i also can’t stop thinking of how fabulous this may be with a little… rum in it.

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Adrianna March 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I like the way you think.

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 21, 2011 at 3:44 am

beautiful pics and awesome recipe..

loved the “makes me wanna vom” part. lol

and i live in san diego and the weather sucked the big one this weekend, indeed!

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Katrina March 21, 2011 at 4:27 am

Yum! This lemonade looks mighty tasty. Great recipe!

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blog is the new black March 21, 2011 at 5:54 am

This look delish! Add a lil vodka… ;)

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Michelle March 21, 2011 at 5:56 am

We’re huge fans of lemonades and we make many varieties, but blood orange lemonade has never crossed my radar. the color is stunning! I wish they had a nicer name though. : )

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Erin A March 21, 2011 at 6:21 am

That looks delicious! Couldve had a few of those while making my Lasagna Bowls for my post today!

Yummmmy! Love the color!

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Angharad March 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

Love it! I made blood orange mimosas last weekend and nearly died of happiness.

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Adrianna March 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

I need blood orange mimosas in my life.

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Joanne March 21, 2011 at 10:23 am

Speaking of spring showers, we are having one right now. Although it feels more like a winter shower to be honest. Cold weather and all.

I think I need a cup of this. So that I can close my eyes and at least pretend it’s spring.

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laura @ alittlebarefoot March 21, 2011 at 10:32 am

beautiful and delicious! i am a huge fan of blood oranges. also when is this rain going to end??? sheesh.

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sarah March 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

so pretty and sounds delicious!

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Justine @ Urban Scarlet March 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

i am seriously salivating as i type. that first picture totally did me in. gonna try this asap!

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bianca March 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm

When the weather gives you lemons, give it lemonade; or even one better blood orange lemonade! I love this recipe, especially the idea with the sparkling water…now if spring would hurry up and cooperate, we could all enjoy this on a picnic!

bianca

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Amy @ A Little Nosh March 22, 2011 at 6:00 am

That looks sooooo refreshing! I’m salivating.

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Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! March 22, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Ok, Adrianna, you’re beginning to scare me with your mind reading powers. I just bought blood oranges on friday–along with club soda, and was just thinking I should make a batch of simple syrup. How did you know?! Now, I’m going to have to make this, and add pear vodka to it, cuz I’m boozy like that ;)

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yummy supper March 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Adrianna, oh blood oranges have got to be one of my most beloved ingredients – gotta love that color and the tangy flavor.
Just made limeade, but it’s not nearly as dramatic and your sunset-colored creation!
Cheer,
E

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