Recipe: Orange Blossom Juice

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Orange juice is a hardworking breakfast drink. When everyone else in the house is still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes, orange juice is waaaay perky. It contains enough joy to put coffee out of business.

But what if you had something a little more fancy to offer your family (or guests) in the morning?

Orange juice with a splash of orange blossom water is a direct inspiration from the United Arab Emirates (and all over the Gulf), where hosts offer guests orange blossom water & orange juice syrups to their guests.  The orange blossom water adds a floral note Рa bit of  perfume-laden romance Рsomething which is often sorely lacking in the early morning hours.

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If you’d like to get extra fancy, squeeze in a few drops of lemon juice. That’ll brighten up the flavor even more.

There’s really no recipe… start with a 1/4 tsp orange blossom water per cup of OJ, and add more to taste. I suggest you use the best orange juice you can find. If you can’t squeeze your own, consider buying fresh squeezed or at least a juice with pulp.

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Also, consider adding rose water instead of orange blossom water, for a fun variation on the same drink (and what about Orange Blossom Mimosas? Hello.)

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Here’s to a happy Friday and an even happier weekend.

I hope your stovetop travels take you somewhere awesome!

Dubai Marina by night by David Pin

Dubai Marina by night by David Pin

 

 

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Comments

  1. slurp! so r e f r e s h i n g!!! <3

  2. ditto…

  3. I have a question. Do you have to refrigerate the orange blossom water after opening the bottle?

  4. guess what, Amanda…I have had bottles of the orange blossom and the rose – not refrigerated for about 5 years – and they are as pungent when opened as they ever were.. However, I recommend refrigeration if where you are storing them is too warm because otherwise a little mold could grow…Cool and dark is best. Originally, I intended to use for a body splash and somehow in all the ups and downs of life, the bottles were relegated to the back of my mind and cabinet. When I finally caught up with them, as I said, they are good to go…

  5. Orange blossom water – what a fantastic idea!

    Have you ever tried a Falooda, Sasha? I think you’ll like it!

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