Blood Orange Champagne Sparkler
Blood Orange Champagne Sparkler

Blood Orange Champagne Sparkler

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Blood Orange Champagne Sparkler
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This sweet and tart Blood Orange Sparkler is the perfect peppy way to ring in the New Year! I took my favorite mimosa recipe and jazzed it up for your New Year's Eve party -- even if your "party" is hanging out at home in your jammies!
Serves: 8
Blood Orange Simple Syrup Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup fresh blood orange juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon blood orange zest
Sparkler Ingredients:
  • 1 (750 mL) bottle champagne, chilled
  • 3 cups sparkling blood orange soda, chilled (I found mine at Trader Joe's, but I've also see it at World Market)
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec, chilled
  • blood orange slices for garnish
  1. Make the blood orange simple syrup: Stir all ingredients in heavy medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Chill until cold.
  2. Make the blood orange sparkler: Pour the champagne into a large pitcher. Add the simple syrup (I use all of the recipe above and think it's the perfect balance of sweet and tart, but if you like a dry cocktail, you might use only a portion.) Add the blood orange soda, Triple Sec, and blood orange slices (reserving a few to serve on glasses). Pour into glasses and enjoy!


10 Comments on Blood Orange Champagne Sparkler

  1. Lauren
    December 31, 2015 at 7:54 am (8 years ago)

    Julie, this is wonderful. I have been diagnosed with OCD since 1st grade and while it has presented itself differently throughout the years it’s never went away and I’ve finally accepted that it’s just a part of who I am. The memes don’t really upset me either but I believe it’s because I’m blessed enough to have a wonderful supporting husband who gets it. Most people just think of OCD as obsessive hand washing, or super organized tendencies and not the horrific thoughts that plague a lot of people with the disease (not that hand washing couldn’t be a compulsion). When I was little I would have to count to 100 or count all the things in a room or I was convinced my family would die. I find that happening every so often now but I’m pretty good at acknowledging it and dismissing it. I’ve also been terrified that WHAT IF I accidentally killed someone, or left the oven on so I drive 1 hour back home from out of town just to check it. OCD is a WHAT IF disease and I love that more people are discussing the real facts behind it. Anyways, I’ve now wrote a freaking novel so I just wanted to let you know that you aren’t alone with your struggle and to give extra comfort to anyone reading this that struggles as I do. Gorgeous cocktail too by the way, I love blood oranges!

  2. Jane S
    December 31, 2015 at 10:36 am (8 years ago)

    As always, Julie, such a thoughtful post. We all need to be more empathetic, and this is a wonderful reminder of just how important it is to be sensitive to other people, regardless of our own views. Whether it is your beautiful food,or your provocative columns, it is always a joy to read your blog!

  3. tanya
    December 31, 2015 at 2:39 pm (8 years ago)

    I cannot relate to any OCD experiences, but I think empathy and human compassion are excellent goals for 2016. Another goal is to these champagne sparklers often! Happy New Year!

  4. Megan Keno
    December 31, 2015 at 2:56 pm (8 years ago)

    What a great New Years goal! And this drink sounds absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing that message and this recipe!

  5. Mac Callaway
    January 1, 2016 at 12:49 am (8 years ago)

    I came to look at your recipe and found a valuable life lesson. I never make New Year’s resolutions, but I will make one to you now. I promise to do my very best to respond to my daughter–who has OCD–in the most compassionate way I can.

  6. Laura
    January 1, 2016 at 2:38 am (8 years ago)

    This was a brave and thoughtful post. I have always thought of OCD as a spectrum, and we joke that it runs in our family from my grandma. My grandma definitely was limited by her obsessions. I suspect the rest of us would not be diagnosed as such, but we all have little bits that reminds us of it. And then I had some near death experiences–which led me to a PTSD diagnosis, but really I think I was ripe with slight OCD tendencies that were waiting for something to make my thoughts run amok so to speak. At any rate, hugs, I understand. And I am definitely down with more mimosas–this one looks awesome!

  7. Amy
    January 1, 2016 at 8:54 am (8 years ago)

    We made a version of this last night, it was delicious.

    • Julie Ruble
      January 5, 2016 at 6:46 pm (8 years ago)

      So very glad to hear that, Amy!!

  8. Ginger Wroot
    January 5, 2016 at 6:29 pm (8 years ago)

    Empathy is a good thing, and so are Champagne sparklers! Your photos are wonderful too!


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