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Sparkling Orange Cocktails

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From EatingWell:  March 1998

Homemade orange syrup makes a delicious addition to these sparkling cocktails.

8 servings | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 3 hours (includes chilling)

Ingredients

Orange Syrup

Sparkling Cocktail

Preparation

  1. To make syrup: With a sharp knife, thinly slice oranges. Place in a medium nonreactive saucepan and toss with sugar. Let stand for 15 minutes.
  2. Add orange juice and vodka to saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid is syrupy and orange slices are translucent, about 20 minutes.
  3. Strain syrup through a fine sieve into a bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard solids. Cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. To make cocktails: With a vegetable peeler, remove 8 long strips of zest from the orange. Twist each strip and place in a champagne glass. Add 1 tablespoon bitter-orange syrup to each glass. Top with Champagne and stir gently. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Per serving : 196 Calories; 0 g Fat; 0 g Sat; 0 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 27 g Carbohydrates; 1 g Protein; 1 g Fiber; 0 mg Sodium; 130 mg Potassium

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

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