My drink of choice when we’d go to the pub with my Dad as kids was always a fire engine. For those who don’t know, that’s raspberry cordial topped with soda water. I loved how the raspberry syrup would stay at the bottom of the glass, creating a lovely pink ombre effect.
I chose beautifully rich coloured blood oranges to make some cordial for this Friday’s Foodie Flashback. I knew they would make a lovely red syrup and I wanted to make use of them while they are in season. The citrus flavour really goes so well with the fragrant vanilla to make a this cordial that’s suitable for anything. Cocktails, desserts or a new take on the fire engine.
After a mammoth effort to find them, cutting them open and watching the red juice slowly “bleed” almost made me squeal. The cordial is best placed in the bottom of the glass, topped with ice, then some filtered water, exactly like a fire engine.
- 1 cup of sugar
- 125ml of filtered water
- 375ml of blood orange juice (I used 4 blood oranges)
- Zest of one blood orange
- 1 vanilla bean
- Place water, juice, scraped vanilla and the entire pod into a heavy base saucepan and heat on medium.
- Allow the mix to simmer for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture has halved and is slightly thick.
- Remove from the heat and add the zest then remove the pod.
- Transfer the cordial to a bottle or jar and allow to cool.
- To serve, mix 30mL with icy cold filtered water and ice plus a squeeze of lime (or some vodka!)
- You could use regular oranges or other citrus fruit- you may need to adjust the sugar.