Homemade orange syrup makes an delicious addition to these sparkling cocktails. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 1998

EatingWell Test Kitchen


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; 0.1 g total fat; 1 mg sodium. 131 mg potassium; 34.4 g carbohydrates; 1.2 g fiber; 31 g sugar; 0.9 g protein; 152 IU vitamin a iu; 36 mg vitamin c; 21 mcg folate; 22 mg calcium; 7 mg magnesium;