Blood oranges are in season, and they are absolutely delicious! These oranges have lovely flecks of red on their outer skin, and streaks of crimson through their flesh. Their taste is different to that of regular oranges, some can be quite sweet while others have a more tart taste. I got my hands on some beautiful sweet ones to make this syrup. Try it in non alcoholic drinks with soda water, or add some Bacardi for a bit more punch.
juice of 3 blood oranges
water to make up 300ml liquid
few zest slivers from one blood orange
thumb size piece of fresh ginger cut into sticks
1 star anise
It is important to have a 1:1 ratio for fluid to sugar for this syrup, so whatever juice you get make up with the right amount of water to reach 300ml. Put all ingredients into a saucepan, and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Simmer for approx 15 minutes, and then stand aside to cool. Leave covered overnight to steep. Strain into a bottle, and keep in the fridge for up to six weeks (if it lasts that long!)
The ginger and star anise go really well with the blood orange, a perfect warming end of winter pick me up!