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

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 1998


Recipe Summary

3 hrs
Nutrition Profile:


Orange Syrup
Sparkling Cocktail


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the syrup (Steps 1-3) for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

233 calories; protein 0.9g 2% DV; carbohydrates 34.4g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 1.2g 5% DV; sugars 31.5g; fat 0.1g; saturated fatg; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 151.9IU 3% DV; vitamin c 36.5mg 61% DV; folate 20.9mcg 5% DV; calcium 22.2mg 2% DV; iron 0.1mg 1% DV; magnesium 7.2mg 3% DV; potassium 130.9mg 4% DV; sodium 0.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV.