December 03, 2012
Hot Orange Drink
If we were living back in Salt Lake right now, we would be enjoying some of my favorite things about that city -- snow falling softly, free parking downtown, shopping at the new City Creek Center, and the Christmas lights at Temple Square.
(Not to mention my family. And my in-laws. And my friends.)
I miss all that.
When we were young, my family would go see the lights together for family night. When we came home shivering from the cold, mom would heat up this drink. The Hot Orange Drink. We would also sometimes have it on Christmas morning with cinnamon rolls.
So I thought I would bring a little bit of "old home" into our new home by mixing some up for myself.
It's so simple and delicious. No spice, but everything nice. Simple syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extract. It perfumes the entire house. It's also good for staving off colds, homesickness, heartache, and scurvy, in case that was a concern for you. This drink also makes a great addition to a holiday party in place of cider or hot cocoa.
I used freshly-squeezed, but you can easily substitute bottled juices -- that's what my mom always uses. Freshly-squeezed juice results in a much paler drink, but no less flavorful. Serve it with some almond biscotti for a treat!
Hot Orange Drink
1 1/2 c. water
1 1/2 c. sugar
8 c. water
2 c. orange juice
3/4 c. lemon juice
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine 1 1/2 c. water with 1 1/2 c. sugar in a large pot. Bring to a boil and let boil 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients to pot, stir to combine, and bring to a simmer. Serve hot.