Fizzy Orange

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Easy

  • Makes

    830 ml

Appears in

Apples for Jam

Apples for Jam

By Tessa Kiros

Published 2010

  • About

If lemons aren’t readily available, or lemonade is slightly tart for your children, you can make up a jug of fizzy orange which, I find, always goes down well. If you like, you can strain the drink at the end. I prefer it with some bits in, personally — and so does one of my daughters, but the other will only drink it if I strain it. For adults, who might want a bit of extra pizzazz, you could make a jugful with added spices such as a vanilla bean or a small stick of cinnamon.

Ingredients

  • 60 g( oz) caster (superfine) sugar
  • one long strip of orange rind, pith removed
  • juice of 4 oranges (about 330 ml/11¼ fl oz/1⅓ cups)
  • 500 ml(17 fl oz/2 cups) ice-cold sparkling water

Method

Put the sugar, orange rind and 3 tablespoons of tap water into a small pan. Bring to the boil, stirring so that the sugar dissolves completely, then boil for a few minutes so that the orange rind flavours the syrup. Add the orange juice (I like to leave in some fleshy bits that might get through, but no pips) and let that bubble for about 5 minutes, or until it looks slightly denser. Pour into a jug and cover with a cloth or lid to keep the flies out. Leave to cool completely.

When you’re ready to serve, pour in the sparkling water and mix well. Ladle out into glasses and add ice if you like.