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Blood Orange Simple Syrup

Blood Orange Simple Syrup

Blood Orange Simple Syrup

When I was at the store buying fruit and vegetables I saw some beautiful blood oranges, I love them, juiced, in baked goods or straight up. After using all but 2 I wondered what I could do with the last of my oranges. Simple syrup is something I always keep in the refrigerator, I use it for baking, drinks or spoon on fruit salad. It’s a staple item for me. The blood oranges made a beautiful and delicious syrup, a gorgeous color, and that unmistakable blood orange flavor. It’s so simple to make, taking only a few minutes. I’m saving some of it for the Semolina Olive Oil Cake, I think it would make a delicious soaking syrup. Mix it in sparkling water to make soda, you control the sweetness, it’s great in mixed drinks, Sangria, there are so many possibilities.

2 blood oranges juiced it yielded  a little over 1/3 cup

zest of both oranges

3/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup water

2 tbs honey

Place everything in a medium size saucepan, bring to a boil on high heat, when there is a rolling boil, reduce to medium/high and cook on a low boil uncovered for 10-15 minutes. The syrup will reduce a little, for a thicker syrup you would have to boil longer, 20-25 minutes.  Remove from heat, let cool and pour into a lidded jar. Refrigerate.

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  1. I love blood oranges but can’t get a hold of them in the Hebrides. If I find some while on the mainland, I would certainly try this to help make the flavour last a bit longer, thanks, Tracey

    March 10, 2013
    • Thank you Tracey, I was lucky to find some, the season for them is ending and when I saw them I grabbed as many as I could. They are wonderful and the last two that I used to make the syrup were starting to look a little sad so I figured I should use them right away. The syrup is very intense and I love it.

      March 10, 2013
  2. I love it ! Unfortunately, I never cook some basic products like syrups, juice, jams… And I love to see that you did it ! It looks delicious, love the bright color ! And live that picture too 🙂

    March 10, 2013
    • I love simple syrups, flavored with all sorts of fruits and herbs. One of my favorites is made with lime and lemongrass! Thank you so much.

      March 10, 2013
  3. I hope by the time I get to shopping this week somebody still has a few. I’ve been meaning to get them the last 2 weeks. I love them! This is a great idea. I should make simple syrup…

    March 10, 2013
    • Thanks Julia, I went to the market this morning and they were all gone. Going to try one more shop tomorrow. I love them and preserving the taste in the syrup is great and it keeps forever in the fridge. I usually pour it warm into mason jars and the heat forms a seal so I do several jars at a time. Alas, I only had two oranges today.

      March 10, 2013
      • I found a TON of blood oranges at my local grocery store tonight! Woohoo! I’m going to attempt a basil/blood orange caipirinha by the weekend. I will report back asap!

        March 11, 2013
      • Oh wow are you lucky, I want one now. Please let me know how it is, sound so good!!!

        March 11, 2013
  4. I just picked up some blood oranges a couple of days ago, and was wondering what I might do with them. This is a wonderful idea, and yes I can just see it on your Semolina Olive Oil Cake!

    March 10, 2013
    • Blood oranges can be tricky here, at least finding good ones. The oranges I got were perfect I was so excited. Thanks so much Susan.

      March 10, 2013
  5. Love these type of recipes. As much as I like blood oranges (a LOT) I have none but I do have some grapefruits. I’m pretty sure I can follow your recipe and sub them instead, right? Also do you have a recipe for orange peel candy? If so, would you pretty please post it?

    March 10, 2013
    • Thank you, yes grapefruit would be wonderful as a simple syrup, I would add some mint or rosemary, I love mint and grapefruit. Yes I have made candied orange peel. I have never written down the recipe but it’s as simple as taking your orange peel and boiling in the simple syrup until soft and then letting it dry. I will send you the recipe.

      March 10, 2013
      • Oooh, nice, thank you, can’t wait to get your recipe. I may even attempt to dip it in chocolate, but first things first.

        March 11, 2013
  6. Looks very delicious 🙂
    You and your sweet tooth always come up with great recipes!

    I have question on a different matter. What is your opinion about grape-wine marmalade. Have you ever made it? I’ve been offered to publish a guest post about grape-wine marmelade but I can’t really imagine how it tastes and if it’s any good.

    March 10, 2013
    • Hi Julian; Thank you, my sweet tooth always prevails. LOL!
      Yes, I have had grape wine jam. As a matter of fact I was sent a jar by an Italian company Felido Delle Ginestre, its a jam made from Montepulciano grapes and wine. It’s good, very rich and quite complex. The wine is somewhat detectable but because the grapes are cooked in it they meld and it’s difficult to discern the flavor of the grapes from the wine. I like it, and have thought about making it myself, the flavor and texture is quite different from a traditional jam. Honestly, I prefer to drink my wine and make jam the traditional way but it’s good for something a bit different.

      March 10, 2013
      • I was tired last night it’s feudo Delle Ginestre, confettura di uva Montepulciano

        March 11, 2013
      • Sorry for my late reply.

        Thanks a lot for your input on grape-wine marmalade. I also prefer to drink my and to eat traditional jam.

        March 12, 2013
  7. Suzanne, ths color is so beautiful. Would you believe I’ve never ad a blood orange? How do they differ from regular oranges in taste? The syrup is such a creative idea.

    March 11, 2013
    • Thanks Brandi, it’s difficult to describe, they do taste like an orange but more complex, there is a note of cherry and the color is spectacular. If you can find them you really should give them a try. They are definitely worth seeking out.

      March 11, 2013
  8. I would love to spoon this, it looks yum 😀

    Cheers
    CCU

    March 11, 2013
    • Thank you, thats what I like to do, dip the spoon in the syrup. It’s very intense in flavor.

      March 11, 2013
  9. I have only seen them once here and I loved them. I hope I will see them again. The syrup sounds amazing in a drink with club soda. I pinned a blood orange margarita that looked good too 🙂

    March 11, 2013
    • They are wonderful and make a great syrup among many other uses. It’s fabulous in drinks and love it with club soda! Thanks Suzie, hope you are well!

      March 11, 2013
  10. petit4chocolatier #

    This looks delicious and I can only imagine it on the semolina cake! It will be an incredible taste together!

    March 11, 2013
    • I think it would be really good on the semolina cake, the flavor would be great. Thanks so much. It’s so pretty I just keep looking at it instead of using it and you never know when you will find good blood oranges again.

      March 11, 2013
      • petit4chocolatier #

        I haven’t seen any here 😦
        You are correct, when you find these wonderfully delicious foods, you have to purchase them quickly. They don’t seem to last. Excellent idea!

        March 11, 2013
      • I am going to look for more and juice them and freeze in ice cube trays so I have fresh blood orange juice. It seems like the best foods have such a short life on the shelves.

        March 11, 2013
  11. I adore blood oranges as well! The color is absolutely divine! Beautiful!

    March 12, 2013
  12. Mmm this sounds delicious! The color looks great too!

    March 12, 2013
    • Isn’t the color beautiful, I really love blood oranges. Thank you so much.

      March 12, 2013
  13. Truly a gorgeous color, Suzanne, and I know the flavor is bright and wonderful. We’ve been devouring blood oranges (and sumo oranges – have you seen them?) and making a syrup is a marvelous idea. I like making syrups for soda water, so I’ll have to make a batch soon.

    March 12, 2013
    • Yes, as a mater of fact I just devoured several sumo oranges yesterday. They are so delicious and just tasted them for the first time. They are almost silky in texture and sweet. So wonderful. Thank you.

      March 13, 2013
  14. alisitaliankitchen #

    This looks absolutely wonderful to put on cake as you had suggested or even pancakes! I would love to have that cake recipe too if you have it!

    March 13, 2013
  15. This is a fabulous idea, and just last week a friend/fellow food-blogger posted a question to ask what she could do with a plethora of blood oranges! Yep, I’m sending this to her now! 🙂 Thanks, Suzanne!

    March 13, 2013
    • Thanks Christina, I love it. It’s nice to have a plethora of those delciious oranges.

      March 13, 2013
  16. Stunning color! I would love to try it in sangria!

    March 13, 2013
    • Thank you, I plan on it. I just found more blood oranges and am going to make another batch and freeze some of the juice. It’s so versatile.

      March 13, 2013
  17. This looks wonderful! I love having a simple syrup on hand as well…it is so versatile and a quick fix for so many things. I adds the “little something.” Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    March 13, 2013
    • Thank you so much, it does add “a little something special” to so many different recipes. Just used it to slightly sweeten a fruit salad, it’s delicious!

      March 13, 2013
  18. What a great jar of yummy to have in your cupboard!

    March 13, 2013
    • Thank you, I can’t wait until spring and summer, I make all different syrups with berries, fruit and herbs. They are so good to have around.

      March 13, 2013
  19. This is so clever! I have a few blood oranges in my fridge I’ve been wanting to use for something special.

    April 12, 2013
    • Thank you Tina, it’s wonderful. I just found some fresh figs at the market, go figure didn’t even know they were in season. I guess they are somewhere so I snatched a few containers and preserved them in the blood orange syrup. It’s fantastic and has so many uses. Made a drink the other night with real ginger ale, campari and blood orange syrup. I hope you give it a try it’s wonderful.

      April 12, 2013
      • Omg. I will. That sounds very similar to a drink they serve in my favorite restaurant that I’m addicted to 🙂 thanks!

        April 12, 2013
    • Thanks Tina, I hope you enjoy, I hope I can find some more blood oranges, they are past season but there may be some strays out there somewhere, Have a great weekend.

      April 12, 2013

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