Sparkling Orange Cocktails

March 1998

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

Sparkling Orange Cocktails

Makes: 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


  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.

Tips & Notes

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


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.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (61% daily value).

Carbohydrate Servings: 2

Exchanges: 1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate

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