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

Source: EatingWell Magazine, April 1998


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3 hrs

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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; carbohydrates 34.4g; dietary fiber 1.2g; sugars 31.5g; fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 151.9IU; vitamin c 36.5mg; folate 20.9mcg; calcium 22.2mg; iron 0.1mg; magnesium 7.2mg; potassium 130.9mg; sodium 0.6mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

1/2 fruit, 1 other carbohydrate