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Dried Orange Slices – The Mindful Mocktail

Dehydrated oranges are an easy but impressive garnish that your guests will never guess you made yourself!

Dried orange slices are an easy and attractive garnish to keep on hand. A lack of a dehydrator means that dried oranges are often placed in the too hard basket but they couldn’t be simpler!

My baked orange slices use the oven, so they’re perfect for anyone who loves the look of dried citrus but doesn’t want to invest in yet another appliance.

This trans-seasonal recipe is perfect at Christmas but can be enjoyed all year round. It is:

  • Easy: It only takes a few simple steps to make dehydrated oranges. The prep time is only 5 minutes and then you can let your oven do all of the work!
  • Versatile: As well as being used as a mocktail (or cocktail) garnish, dried orange slices can be used as Christmas decorations, to adorn garlands or be served as orange chips.
  • Can be made in bulk: dehydrated oranges have a shelf life of up to 12 months if dehydrated and stored properly. Make a big batch and then bring them out when you’re feeling a bit fancy.

WHAT ARE DRIED ORANGE SLICES USED FOR?

Dried oranges are a versatile ingredient. Use them to:

  • Garnish mocktails (or cocktails).
  • Decorate hot or iced tea.
  • Add flavor to marinades.
  • Top cakes.
  • Add color to your mulling spice mix.
  • Hang upon the Christmas tree.
  • Decorate a wreath as part of your Christmas décor.
  • For contrast on garlands to hang upon your mantel.
hands holding a dehydrated orange slice with dried lime lemon grapefruit and blood orange in the background

INGREDIENTS

This dried orange slices recipe calls for simple everyday ingredients that combine to make an impressive garnish.

  • Oranges: fresh oranges are the star of this recipe. Instead of their sweet juice, this recipe uses their beautiful golden hue that deepens and intensifies with the drying process. Note: Citrus like limes, grapefruit, blood orange and lemon also work well in this recipe. See variations for more inspiration.
whole limes lemons grapefruit oranges and blood orange on a gray background

VARIATIONS

The great thing about this dried orange slices recipe is that any citrus works! Follow the same steps with lime, blood orange, tangelo, grapefruit, or lemon for a variety of colorful citrus wheels.

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED

  • Baking sheets: regular cookie sheets or baking trays work well.
  • Parchment paper: Also known as baking paper, helps to stop your citrus wheels from sticking to the baking sheet and allows for an easy flip at the halfway point.
  • Wire racks: A non-stick wire rack can be used as an alternative for a baking tray and paper if you run out of trays or don’t have any on hand.
  • Mandolin slicer or sharp knife: A nice even cut will give your dried orange slices a professional look. A mandolin slicer will allow for a more uniform look, however a sharp knife and steady hand works just as well.
  • paper towel: patting down your citrus slices before you bake speeds up the dehydration process. Have a few sheets on hand in case your fruit is extra juicy.

HOW TO DEHYDRATE ORANGES IN THE OVEN

If you’ve ever wondered how to dry oranges in the oven, you might be surprised at just how easy it is. Simply:

Preheat your oven to 70ºC (160ºF), or as low as your oven will go.

Cut the citrus into 6mm / ¼ inch slices. If you have a mandolin, it will make this task much easier. If not, use a sharp knife and cut as evenly as you can.

Line a baking sheet with parchment/baking paper. You could also use a wire rack – just make sure it’s non-stick.

Place the citrus wheels in a single layer on top of the cookie tray, about 1 centimetre/ half inch apart.

Orange, blood orange, lime, grapefruit and lemon slices scattered on a baking tray

Blot with paper towel to remove the excess moisture. Turn and blot the other side.

sliced ​​citrus being blotted with paper towel to remove the moisture before baking

Bake for 2 hours then flip the orange wheels. Return to the oven and bake for another 2 hours, then check. If any moisture remains, leave them in a little longer.

Slices of lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit and orange on baking trays lined with parchment paper in the oven

Only remove from the oven when all moisture is removed, and they are completely dry.

Once cooled, store the dried orange slices in a zip lock bag in a container until you’re ready to use them.

dried orange, blood orange, lime, grapefruit and lemon slices lined up on a gray background

Frequently asked questions

Can you dry orange slices in the microwave?

Yes, you can dry orange slices in the microwave. Slice the fresh oranges. Place them on a microwave-safe dish lined with 5 sheets of paper towel. Add 5 more sheets of paper towel on top.
Set the microwave to defrost and cook for 7 minutes. Place the rack cooked orange slices on a wire whilst you replace the paper towel with fresh sheets. Place the orange slices on the fresh paper towel and microwave them on defrost for a further 5 minutes.
Remove the orange slices and check them. If they look jelly-like, they’re ready. If not, turn them over and continue to cook them on defrost in 2-minute intervals until they are.
Lay the jelly-like orange slices on a wire rack until they are firm.

How long do dried orange slices last?

So long as the orange slices are fully dried before storing, they can last between 6-12 months.
Store the dried orange wheels in a zip lock bag inside an airtight container for best results.

Can you dry orange slices in an air fryer?

There’s not much that an air fryer can’t do. Orange slices are perfect for dehydrating in this versatile appliance.
Arrange the citrus slices in your air fryer basket without allowing them to overlap. Then, set your air fryer to its lowest temperature and cook for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, flip the oranges and return them to the air fryer for another 20 minutes. If they’re not fully dried after 20 minutes, continue to cook them in 2-minute intervals until fully dry.

Once ready, place the dried fruit on wire racks to cool.

I hope you enjoy making these dried orange slices as much as I have enjoyed creating the recipe for you!

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Easy Dried Orange Slices

Simple, but impressive, these dried orange slices make the perfect garnish.

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Course: Garnish

Cuisine: American

Keyword: dehydrated citrus,, dehydrated orange, dried orange

Prep time: 5 hours

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 16

Ingredients

  • 4 oranges or citrus of your choice

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 70ºC (160ºF), or as low as your oven will go.

  • Thinly slice the oranges into 6mm / ¼ inch rounds. If you have a mandolin, it will make this task much easier. If not, use a sharp knife and cut as evenly as you can.

  • Line a baking tray with baking/parchment paper.

  • Place the citrus wheels in a single layer on top of the cookie tray, about 1 centimetre/half inch apart. Blot with paper towel to remove the excess moisture. Turn and blot the other side.

  • Bake for 2 hours then flip the orange wheels. Return to the oven and bake for another 2 hours, then check. If any moisture remains, leave them in a little longer.

  • Only remove from the oven when all moisture is removed, and they are completely dry.

  • Store your dried orange slices in a zip lock bag inside an airtight container until you’re ready to use them.

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 15thkcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monnounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg

NUTRITIONAL VALUES ARE ESTIMATES ONLY AND DO NOT INCLUDE CARBS FROM SUGAR ALCOHOLS.

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Easy Strawberry Mojito Mocktail – The Mindful Mocktail

THIS STRAWBERRY MOJITO MOCKTAIL IS A FUN TWIST ON THE ORIGINAL. SERVED OVER ICE, IT’S A SWEET, REFRESHING DRINK THE WHOLE FAMILY CAN ENJOY.

If you’re looking for a sweet and fruity mojito recipe, then my strawberry mojito mocktail is for you. Unlike its tangy cousin, this mojito recipe makes the most of juicy fresh strawberries. Sweet and summery, this delicious mocktail is the perfect choice for a warm day.

This mojito mocktail recipe is sweet and refreshing, making it an excellent choice for spring or summer.This virgin strawberry mojito is just as fun to make as it is to drink. Its:

  • Easy: With easy to find ingredients and a few simple tools, you’ll have your mojito mocktail in hand in no time!
  • healthy: fibre packed strawberries and vitamin C packed limes, this delicious drink s not just refreshing but good for you too!
  • Low in sugar: strawberries are the primary source of the sweetness of this mocktail. Use an all-natural, zero-carb sweetener such as monk fruit sweetener for a lower sugar and carb option. Note: you can use regular sugar or another sweetener if you prefer; just be mindful of the sugar content.
  • Easily adapted: my virgin strawberry mojito mocktail is easily adapted. Replace the plain soda with a lime or add your own twist with kombucha. This recipe also works well when batch made and served in a pitcher.

WHAT IS A TRADITIONAL MOJITO COCKTAIL, AND HOW IS A MOJITO MOCKTAIL DIFFERENT?

Traditionally, a mojito cocktail is made of white rum, lime juice, mint and sugar. The mint and lime are muddled with sugar to release the juice and flavours. Then, ice is added with rum and soda water.

This virgin strawberry mojito mocktail recipe is inspired by the original but omits the rum and uses healthier sugar alternatives. Strawberries, fresh mint, and lime juice are muddled together for a vibrant variation.

red strawberry mojito mocktail in a tall glass garnished with fresh strawberries, mint and lime rounds.

EQUIPMENT YOU’LL NEED

  • Glasses: Mojitos are traditionally served in a highball glass. If you don’t have them, don’t stress. The vibrant combination of strawberry, mint and lime mean your virgin strawberry mojito will look beautiful in any type of glass.
  • A muddler: that’s perfect if you have a normal muddler! If not, the back of a wooden spoon works too.
  • Pitcher or jug: just increase the quantities and muddle inside a jug if you want to make this for a crowd. To save time, pre-muddle the ingredients in the jug and simply add the soda water and ice when you’re ready to serve.
labelled ingredients list for virgin strawberry mojitos including strawberries, mint, soda, lime and sugar

INGREDIENTS

Strawberries: Fresh, in-season strawberries are my pick for this recipe. If they’re unavailable, frozen strawberries work just as well. Make sure to taw them before adding.

When you muddle the strawberries, try and get the strawberry pieces small enough to fit through a straw. You can use a blender if preferred.

Fresh mint: the menthol aromatics of fresh mint make this recipe pop. Don’t shred or chop it. Clapping it together in your hands and then gently muddling it is the secret to making the most of its flavour.

Lime juice: fresh lime juice is essential for this recipe. Avoid bottled if you can, it doesn’t deliver quite the same flavour.

Hint: Freeze fresh lime juice in ice cube trays to make the most of your limes.

Sweetener of choice: Simple syrup is the traditional choice for mojitos. My easy version swaps the syrup out for sugar. For a low sugar option, replace the sugar with a sweetener of your choice.

Soda water: plain club soda creates a fresh fizz however you can use the sparkling water of your choice.

VARIATIONS

For a citrusy tang, replace the plain soda with lime flavored soda water. Opt for a low or no sugar version. Kombucha is a naturally sweet replacement for soda water. Experiment with plain or flavored varieties until you find the perfect combination.

For a low sugar option, simply swap the sugar out with monkfruit sweetener to enjoy a refined sugar-free strawberry mojito mocktail. You can also use another sweetener of your choice but be sure to read the packet for any conversions.

HOW TO MAKE A VIRGIN STRAWBERRY MOJITO

Muddle strawberries and sugar (or monkfruit sweetener) in a glass to release the juices. Try and get the strawberry pieces small enough that they will fit through a straw. Use a blender in this step if preferred.

Add the lime juice and stir to combine.

Clap the mint together in your hands. You’ll know it’s worked when your hands smell minty! Then, add to the glass and muddle very gently a couple of times.

Fill the glass with ice and soda water. Garnish with extra strawberries, mint and lime.

process shots to make the recipe including muddling, adding ingredients and garnishing

Frequently asked questions

Can I use frozen strawberries?

If you can’t get your hands on fresh strawberries, you can also use frozen strawberries. Make sure to fully thaw them before use.

Are strawberry mojito mocktails good for you?

My virgin strawberry mojito recipe is a great way to hydrate yourself on a warm day. Lower the sugar content by using a sweetener such as monkfruit sweetener or stevia.

Fresh strawberries and limes are a fantastic source of Vitamin C. Plus, strawberries are also packed with fiber and antioxidants, which makes them great for your overall health.

How do I muddle strawberries?

Place the berries at the bottom of your glass. Then use a firm pressing and twisting motion to juice and crush the fruit. Muddling is an important step that helps release the fruit’s flavor. Alternatively, you can use a blender.

I hope you enjoy this strawberry mojito mocktail as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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Shirley Temple Mocktail Drink – The Mindful Mocktail

With just a few simple ingredients, you can mix up A Shirley Temple mocktail for any occasion. This drink is perfect for kids, mamas to be and those going alcohol free.

It’s fizzy. It’s sweet. It’s utterly refreshing. And it’s non-alcoholic, making this easy Shirley Temple mocktail recipe a favorite drink to add a splash of class to any event. As a kid, I always loved them because I felt so grown up.

red drink in a tall glass garnished with cherries and mint served on a dark wooden board

Even now though, I love this easy mocktail because it has such a light and revitalizing taste. Whether it’s for kids, an expecting mama, or for someone who just doesn’t feel like drinking alcohol, the Shirley Temple drink is one of the best there is for raising your glass at celebration.

What is a Shirley Temple Mocktail?

Yes, the drink is related to famous child actress from bygone years, and Shirley in her curly-haired glory is behind this now-famous mocktail. The cute story behind the drink goes like this: one night when out for dinner with her parents, Shirley was frustrated she couldn’t have one of the fancy cocktails her parents were drinking. The bartender, not wanting to upset the star, whipped up this pretty, non-alcoholic drink, garnished it with a cherry and called it the Shirley Temple.

Researching this story made me go down a Ms Temple rabbit hole online – if you haven’t read about her amazing life, I encourage you to do so!

I also encourage you to make this drink, especially if you haven’t had one since you were a child. No doubt it will take you on a journey down memory lane.

Why You Should Make it

There are so many reasons but here are just a few. This recipe is:

Simple: It takes just minutes to make. Just pour the ingredients into a glass filled with ice, stir, and serve!

Fast: And yes, I mentioned it takes minutes to make. You won’t waste precious time away from your guests to make this mocktail.

Great for parties: This recipe can also be made in larger batches to make it even easier to serve and enjoy. Increase the serving sizes accordingly and you can put it in a pretty pitcher everyone so everyone can refill as needed. It also makes a perfect virgin punch.

Ingredients and How to Make it

Typically served in a Collins glass, the Shirley Temple recipe is traditionally made using just ginger ale and a splash of grenadine, then garnished with a maraschino cherry.

There have been plenty of variations over the years, this is how I made mine:

1 cup ginger ale

1 teaspoon grenadine

A squeeze of fresh lime juice

Maraschino cherries for garnishing

To make it, just fill a tall glass with ice, then add the ginger ale, grenadine and lime. Stir and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

What in the World is Grenadine?

Don’t worry…while grenadine is used to make many cocktails, it is completely non-alcoholic. It’s a sugar-sweetened pomegranate syrup. Even though it has no alcohol, you’ll likely find it at a liquor store or in the liquor aisle of your local supermarket. Check by the club soda or ask for it.

It is very sweet, so you don’t need much at all! This is the liquid that creates the beautiful sunrise effect in sunrise mocktails.

Healthier Substitutions

Want to make your drink healthier and lower in sugar? That’s very easy to do. Instead of using regular ginger ale, you can use diet ginger ale. This will shave off some of the calories.

Additionally, since grenadine has lots of sugar, you can replace it with regular pomegranate juice. As far as juices go, pomegranate is one of the healthiest. If you love it, be sure to try my delicious pomegranate mocktails too.

These swaps won’t compromise flavor OR your healthy goals. So you can enjoy your non-alcoholic beverage with even less guilt than ever before!

Throw in the cherry and maybe a little sprig of mint too and it just looks so pretty. That brilliant red color really pops in the glass, making it a non-alcoholic drink that kids and adults alike will enjoy drinking.

I hope you enjoy making this Shirley Temple mocktail as much as I did!

red drink in a tall glass garnished with cherries and mint served on a dark wooden board

The Best Shirley Temple Mocktail

An easy Shirley Temple mocktail recipe made with ginger ale, grenadine and fresh lime juice. Perfect for kids, pregnant women and non-drinkers.

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Keyword: easy mocktail, mocktails for kids

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ginger ale
  • 1 test grenadine
  • 1 squeeze of fresh lime juice
  • Maraschino cherries to garnish optional

Instructions

  • Add ginger ale, grenadine and lime to an ice filled glass and stir.Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve.

Notes

For a healthier option, use diet ginger ale and replace the grenadine with pomegranate juice.

Nutrition

Serving: 260mls | Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 4mg | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

NUTRITIONAL VALUES ARE ESTIMATES ONLY AND DO NOT INCLUDE CARBS FROM SUGAR ALCOHOLS.

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Healthy Ginger Lemonade – The Mindful Mocktail

With just 4 ingredients, homemade ginger lemonade is super easy. It’s low in sugar, healthy and very tasty.

It’s no secret that I love recipes for low-sugar drinks. But what I love the most are the low-sugar drinks with health benefits.

This easy ginger lemonade is the perfect drink to serve health-conscious guests, as it has all the good stuff and no occult ballistics. Even better, it’s easy to make and can be made in advance.

This recipe is:

  • easy: With minimal, easy-to-source ingredients, you can make this recipe with little or no experience in the kitchen!
  • correct: With purifying lemon and nutrient-rich ginger, this simple lemonade is not only refreshing but good for you as well.
  • Low in sugar: This recipe is sweetened with monk fruit sweetener, an all-natural sweetener with no net carbs. This means that lemonade is very low in both calories and sugar. Noticeable: You can use regular sugar or another sweetener if you prefer, just be aware of the sugar content.
  • Perfect for Guests: Prepare a double batch of this lemonade in advance and spend less time preparing and more time entertaining when your guests arrive.

What is ginger lemonade?

Traditional lemonade is made with lemons, sugar, and water – which makes it delicious but lacks in nutritional value. Many people think lemon juice is sparkling, likely due to what’s stocked on supermarket shelves these days! But the traditional lemonade still stands, so I kept that tradition alive for this recipe.

Ginger and lemon are a match made in food pairing heaven, so it makes sense to combine the two, and I bet you’ll agree that the result is delicious!

If you love everything ginger, be sure to check out my ginger mocktail, it’s always a hit. Or, if you’re a fan of lemons, don’t miss the healthy lemon mocktails.

ingredients

Who doesn’t love a low-ingredient recipe?! This drink only calls for 3 times plus water.

Fresh lemon juice: I used 1 cup of lemon juice which is enough for me. If you prefer a more tart flavour, feel free to add more. You will get the best result if you squeeze the lemon right before assembling the drink. Please, I beg you, do not use bottled lemonade. I haven’t found a good one yet. Even if the ingredients say “100% lemon juice”, it always tastes very chemical…not like real lemons.

Of course, if you find one you absolutely love, use it – and please leave a comment below with the name, because I’d love to find one.

fresh ginger: Again, the fresher the better for this ginger lemonade. I like to store ginger in a zip-lock bag in the crisp area of ​​my refrigerator. Don’t peel it off, leave it whole and it will stay for weeks.

Monk fruit sweetener: There are many reasons why I adore monk fruit sweeteners but primarily – they work as a 1 to 1 substitute for sugar, have no net carbs and taste exactly like sugar. Monkfruit also occurs naturally, so there are no hidden evils. I honestly think it’s one of the best sweeteners on the market.

I used the classic monk fruit sweetener for this recipe.

How about a drink appetizer?

It’s no secret that I love easy drink garnishes, and I also think that some nice glassware makes drinks taste better – well, I know that’s not quite right. But let’s face it, we really eat with our eyes sometimes, right?

For lemonade, I think keep it simple. I used some simple lemon rounds for me. If you want to get super luxurious, you can try an easy lemon twist and an edible flower.

how to make it

Cut the ginger into slices 4-5 mm thick. There is no need to peel it off.
Place the ginger, water, and monk fruit sweetener in a medium saucepan. Heat it over a medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Bring to a simmer. Bring to a simmer, cover and let marinate for 10-15 minutes.
Remove from heat and leave to marinate for another 15-30 minutes. The longer the soaking takes, the stronger the ginger flavor will be.
Remove the ginger and add the lemon juice to the saucepan. Move it gently.
Refrigerate for at least an hour.
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Instructions

I don’t have local monk fruit. What can I use?

Honey is a great alternative. You can use it the same way you used monk fruit sweetener – by adding it to the pot along with the ginger and water. Keep in mind that honey is darker in color so the final color will be darker than what is pictured.
You can also use stevia, coconut sugar, or your choice of sweetener. See the instructions on the package for transfer amounts.

Can I make ginger lemonade in advance?

Yes! I think ripening is better in this recipe, so it’s best to make it the same day you’re going to serve it. But if you need to, the next day will be fine too.

Can I turn this into sparkling lemonade?

surely. To do this, halve the water content, and then proceed to making the recipe as instructed. After cooling and just before serving, add 2 cups of sparkling water to the jug and stir gently.

Other healthy drinks you can try:

I hope you love this simple ginger lemonade as much as I do!

2 jars of yellow ginger lemonade with lemon slices inside and bamboo straws

The best ginger lemonade

A healthy ginger lemonade is made with fresh ginger, lemon, and monk fruit sweeteners, so it’s low on sugar, too.

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stakes: 4

ingredients

  • 2.5-3 inches fresh ginger unpeeled
  • 1 cup Fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup Sweetener monk fruit powder or substitute (see notes)
  • 4 cups water

instructions

  • Cut the unpeeled ginger into circles 4-5 mm thick.

  • Warm ginger, water, and monk fruit sweetener in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

  • Bring to a simmer. Bring to a simmer, cover and let marinate for 10-15 minutes.

  • Remove from heat and leave to marinate for another 15-30 minutes. The longer the soaking takes, the stronger the ginger flavor will be.

  • Remove the ginger and add the lemon juice to the saucepan. Move it gently.

  • Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour, then serve with ice.

Notes

  • For best results, use freshly squeezed lemon juice instead of bottled – bottled is absolutely tasteless!

  • I used sweetened monk fruit powder for this recipe. If you don’t have a monk fruit sweetener, honey is a great alternative. Just keep in mind that honey is darker in color so it may change the color of the lemon juice. You can also use stevia, coconut sugar, or your choice of sweetener but you may need to adjust the amount. Refer to the instructions on the package for transfer amounts.

  • Want to make it sparkling lemonade? Just halve the water content and continue to make the recipe as usual. Just before serving, add 2 cups of sparkling water and stir gently.

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service: 250g | Calories: 18Calories | carbohydrates: 5g | protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated fat: 1g | Unsaturated fats: 1g | Monounsaturated fats: 1g | sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 85mg | the basic: 1g | sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 12mg | iron: 1mg

Nutritional values ​​are estimates only and do not include carbohydrates from sugar alcohols.

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Blood Orange Mocktail Spritzer – The Mindful Mocktail

This gorgeous blood orange mocktail recipe is so simple to make and just divine to drink. With fresh blood orange juice, lime juice and your choice of alcohol free wine or ginger beer, you can whip this up in minutes.

I just had to make the most of blood orange season, so I bring you this deliciously easy and refreshing blood orange mocktail.

This recipe is:

Easy: With only 3 ingredients, you can make this virgin cocktail with no bartending experience needed.

Fast: make it under a minute. You don’t even need a shaker, just assemble it right in the glass – it even saves the extra washing up!

Glorious to look at: oh blood orange, you are just so pretty. This divine color reminds me of a spritz or something equally delicious. Garnish with something green for a special touch.

Has nutritional benefits: With freshly squeezed blood orange juice and lime, you’ll get an extra kick of vitamin C in this easy mocktail.

If you live somewhere that is lucky enough to have blood oranges in season over Christmas, this alcohol-free cocktail would be a perfect festive drink.

But if not, no worries.

You can just freeze some fresh-squeezed blood orange juice into an ice cube tray and keep it in the freezer to make Christmas mocktails!

What are Blood Oranges?

As you can see from the photos, blood oranges look similar to any other orange on the outside.

But it’s what’s inside that counts here. When you slice open a blood orange, you’ll see it has a deep red color inside. The juice also comes out red, thanks to anthocyanin, a pigment that this fruit contains.

Because of that pigment, the color develops when blood oranges ripen during warm days while the nights are cool. That’s pretty neat!

And here’s something else…blood oranges are usually easier to peel than other types of oranges. They tend to have fewer seeds too.

But they come with a warning – they make a mess! Avoid getting the juice near any porous material because it will stain.

What Do They Taste Like?

Blood oranges are also sweeter than those other oranges, which is why they are perfect for a non alcoholic cocktail.

To describe the taste, I’d say they’re less tangy than other oranges and are more floral with a hint of tartness in the flavour. Some say they taste like orange juice with raspberry or cranberry added in. Best of all, they’re not sour so they are a wonderful fruit to use for any drink.

The juice comes out red so that’s why it’s a timely beverage to put on your Christmas gathering list. This would even be a great mocktail for kids (just be sure to use the ginger beer instead of the alcohol free wine).

How to Make a Blood Orange Mocktail

You’ll only need 3 ingredients to make this delicious non alcoholic drink!

Blood orange juice: I always recommend freshly squeezed juice because it tastes the best! Of course you can squeeze it a couple of hours in advance if you like. This is especially handy if you’re making it for guests.

Lime juice: again, I recommend freshly squeezed but if you only have bottled, that works too.

Alcohol free rose or ginger beer: Personally I prefer this with alcohol free rosè to make it a true wine spritzer. But if you don’t have any (or you like ginger beer better!), go for ginger beer.

How to make it

First, you’ll fill a large wine glass with ice. Add a fresh blood orange slice inside. Push it against the glass so it can be seen from the outside.

Next, add the blood orange juice followed by the lime juice and your alcohol-free Rosé. Then, stir it together gently. Before serving, grab a sprig of rosemary to garnish it for a pop of color that puts red and green together for the holidays.

If you’re not a fan or rosemary or can’t find it, don’t fret. Anything green will do here – try thyme, mint or even basil.

One last thing…don’t forget to share this recipe if you love it. I hope you love this blood orange mocktail as much as I loved creating it.

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Easy Blood Orange Mocktail

This gorgeous blood orange mocktail recipe is so simple to make and just divine to drink. Perfect for Christmas or other special occasions.

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Course: Drinks

Cuisine: American

Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 s tablespoon blood orange juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 . lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup alcohol free Rosé or alternative see notes

NUTRITIONAL VALUES ARE ESTIMATES ONLY AND DO NOT INCLUDE CARBS FROM SUGAR ALCOHOLS.