Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Recipes for National Citrus Month

January is National Citrus Month, so why not create some citrus recipes featuring oranges?  In addition to being delicious, did you know that Oranges contain all the vitamin C your body needs for the day? On average, an orange is only 62 calories and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, which makes them the perfect snack this month. 

Here are some delicious and easy recipes featuring Orange Mango Sparkling ICE; a zero calorie naturally flavored sparkling water with vitamins and healthy antioxidants.


Sparkling Orange Mango Granita

Ingredients
6 oranges, emptied and shells frozen
1 mango, peeled and pitted
1 bottle of Orange Mango Sparkling ICE
½ cup water
¼ cup sugar

Preparation
Cut the oranges in half and scoop out the pulp for later use. A thin layer can be sliced off the bottom of the orange halves to create a flat surface and prevent them from rolling around when serving.

Freeze empty orange shells.
Note: For easier scooping, roll the oranges by hand before cutting in half, using a firm downward pressure to loosen the pulp.

Directions:
Place chopped mango in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add the water, Sparkling ICE and sugar, and stir to dissolve. Pour mixture into deep-sided metal or glass pan. Place it in the freezer, uncovered. When the top of the liquid forms an icy layer, scrape through entire pan with a fork every 30 minutes. Return to freezer and let another frozen layer form; scrape again with fork. Repeat freezing and scraping steps until all liquid is frozen. Remove from freezer, and scrape surface with the tines of a fork until it is the texture of shaved ice. Fluff with a fork to create soft granita. Repeat this process every 30 minutes for 3 to 4hrs. Put mixture in frozen oranges and serve.

Orange Mango Martini 

Ingredients:
1 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Orange Vodka
Juice of 1 Lime
3 oz. Orange Mango Sparkling ICE

Directions:
Combine Tequila and Vodka with ice in a shaker.
Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.
Top with Orange Mango Sparkling ICE.

Orange Mango Mimosa

Ingredients:
1/3 cup chilled dry champagne
1/3 cup chilled Orange Mango Sparkling ICE
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)

Directions:
Fill the champagne flute 1/2 full with chilled dry champagne. Top with chilled Orange Mango Sparkling ICE. Top mimosa with 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional).

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