Making your own simple syrup is so easy to do. Not only is it easy but it is cost effective, and you can make any flavor you want. Blood orange season is from December to April which means this citrus fruit favorite is at peak sweetness. This blood orange simple syrup recipe is sure to spritz up any spring or summer cocktail you make. Even better, I already have a Sparkling Blood Orange Cocktail recipe available for this deliciously sweet simple syrup.
When I read how easy it is to make a simple syrup this blood orange simple syrup immediately popped up in my mind. For those of you who have never tried a blood orange, imagine a cross between a regular orange and sweet grape. It has such a sweet and warm taste to it. And did I mention how beautiful they are to look at or photograph? The word blood in the name may be off putting to some but trust me when I say they’re a beautiful Burgundy red color. However, blood oranges aren’t always the easiest to find. I finally tracked down a bag of blood oranges at my local Whole Foods.
For those of you wondering, the bottle in my photos is the recipe below, doubled. I also bought the bottle itself on clearance at Target a few years ago. I’m positive you can find more in their home goods/kitchen section.
Blood Orange Simple Syrup
Making your own simple syrup for mixed drinks is super easy and even more affordable. Give this deliciously sweet blood orange simple syrup a try!
- 1 cup White Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1-2 Blood Oranges
Wash the skin of the blood orange(s) well since it will be used for boiling. Then cut the blood orange(s) into 8 pieces. Both halves in quarters.
In a sauce pot, over medium heat add the blood orange(s), water and white sugar. Bring to a slight boil.
Lightly stir until all of the sugar has dissolved. I recommend stirring over heat for an additional 3-5 minutes longer for a stronger blood orange flavor.
Turn off the burner and set the pot to the side for about 20 minutes to cool down.
Once cool, pour the blood orange simple syrup into a glass bottle or container and let it completely cool before placing in the fridge for at least an hour.
This will last in the fridge for up to 3 months. Use as you like for your mixed drinks and enjoy!