Sunday, June 14, 2009

Orange Water - Refreshing & LIGHT

Don’t look at this and pass it off as “too simple to be any good”... you’ll kick yourself later! I have served this at wedding and baby showers, women’s luncheons - you name it... It is beautiful served in a large clear glass punch bowl, but I’ve also served it in a clear glass pitcher with oranges floating on top. I like to put out small, short, clear plastic cups when I serve it - you don’t want to use waxed or opaque cups because (don’t ask me why!) it just doesn’t taste the same!

This drink will surprise you because it isn’t a punch, but a refreshing flavored water. It’s not too sweet, but not too plain either. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve served this AND shared the recipe... The first thing everyone says as they take their first sip is... “What IS this?” I never tire of it on a warm day, and it is delicious and refreshing with even sweet treats.

The secret to this drink is the CITRIC ACID... A good place to buy this is at a restaurant supply or home baking store (such as Orson H. Gygi in SLC, or Kitchen Kneads in West Jordan) If you don’t have access to a place like this, order it from your pharmacy (although it is more expensive this way...)

It is very important that it is served ICE COLD for it to taste just right. Use crushed ice - as this cools the drink down quickly. If you have a source for what we call “pebble ice” (such as Sonic drive-in, or some select grocery stores carry it as well) that is a perfect choice...

If you are like me, and want to make this the REST OF YOUR LIFE - you may want to invest in a large bottle of orange flavoring from a restaurant supply store. The small bottles found in your grocery store will run around $4.75 to $5.99 - and you’ll be looking for more.

You'll love this recipe... To view it, go to: ("full house" tab)

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