Sparkling Orange Cocktails

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From: EatingWell Magazine April 1998

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

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • Orange Syrup
  • 2 seedless oranges
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • Sparkling Cocktail
  • 1 orange
  • 1 bottle chilled Champagne, or sparkling wine

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

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 233 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 1 g fiber; 34 g carbohydrates; 1 g protein; 21 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 31 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 152 IU vitamin A; 36 mg vitamin C; 22 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 1 mg sodium; 131 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 2
  • Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

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