It seems like we’re constantly stuck in “flu season.” I think every college student experiences that moment when they’re sick as a dog and realize how much they really miss their mom. But I’ve got good news — it’s finally citrus season! Blood oranges have been shown to reduce the duration of a cold if consumed before its onset due to its high vitamin C content. Blood oranges contain antioxidants, which are vital to decreasing the effects of stress and fatigue. Though this simple recipe won’t have the same effect as hanging with your BFF (aka your mom), it’ll definitely act as an energy booster and can help you get on the road to recovery.
Makes about 2 servings
½ cup sugar
¼ cup water
½ cup fresh blood orange juice (about 4-6 blood oranges, depending on their size)
1 ½ cups Sprite (or sparkling water)
Cut your blood oranges in half. Squeeze the oranges over a bowl to collect the juice, or use a hand-held or electric orange juicer if you’re feeling bougie. If you’re hand-squeezing your oranges, make sure the seeds from your blood oranges don’t fall into your juice! Pour your juice into a cup.
After you’ve squeezed ½ cup of blood orange juice, start to make your simple syrup. Mix your water and sugar in a pot on medium high heat. Stir for about 2-3 minutes until the syrup begins to bubble and the sugar has dissolved completely. Let the syrup cool on the stove.
Once the syrup has cooled, add it to your cup of blood orange juice and stir. Next, pour in your Sprite or sparkling water. Add a couple ice cubes to your drink and sip away!