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Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water

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Alex creates the drink recipes in our household (basically all these beverages), so it was fitting that he devised a drink for our Valentine’s Day brunch menu. Blood orange juice has the most beautiful electric pink hue, which made it look stunning next to the other brunch items.

We’ve called this drink “sparkling water” since the flavors are very subtle; it has an understated, refreshing flavor. Feel free to add more orange juice or honey if you’re looking for a more intense flavor. To make our sparkling water, we used the soda maker shown here, which we love (just our humble opinion). Originally we bought it to make healthy alternatives soda pop, and we ended up falling in love with the refreshing bubbles — we usually mix the water with lemon or lime juice, or use it to make drinks like these.

Below is our full Valentine’s Day brunch menu that we created this past weekend along with our friend Shelly from Vegetarian Ventures. We hope you might consider it to celebrate with loved ones on this Valentine’s Day, or any other occasion that calls for a special morning meal. We love this comment from reader Katie on our last brunch post: “Brunch is my favorite meal to entertain because it’s casual and usually anything goes so we can have sweet and savory all at once.” We hadn’t thought about it that way, but it’s completely true — and now we’re inspired to entertain more with brunch!

Two-Potato Hash with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Blood Orange and Quinoa Muffins with Crystallized Ginger-Thyme Butter (at Vegetarian Ventures)

Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water


Brunch not your thing? Check back next week – we have a Valentine’s Day dinner date planned for you! We’re also offering a Whole Food Cooking for Couples class here in Indy on February 15!

Blood Orange Rosemary Sparkling Water
Serves: 4
What You Need
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 4 small sprigs rosemary, divided
  • 3 large blood oranges (enough for 1 cup juice)
  • 750 mL sparkling water (we use the soda maker shown here)
What To Do
  1. Heat 2 tablespoons honey, 3 tablespoons water and 3 sprigs rosemary over low heat for about 1 minute until fully combined. Allow to cool on the stove, and then discard the rosemary.
  2. Juice 3 blood oranges. In a pitcher, combine the honey mixture, orange juice, and sparkling water. Garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig and serve.


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  • Reply
    jenna @ just j.faye
    February 3, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    This sounds so refreshing!!

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    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    February 3, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    You just made sparkling water look magical. Kudos! Now I’m thirsty. (but seriously, so gorgeous)

  • Reply
    February 4, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I love the sound of this + it’s so pretty too!

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    Nina at FocusedonFit.com
    February 4, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Looks so yummy, gorgeous photos!

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen
    February 4, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    This is really beautiful! I could stare at it all day!

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    kristie {birch and wild}
    February 4, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    This looks so lovely! I love the vibrant hue of the blood orange, and the subtly flavor of the rosemary. Plus, naturally sweetened!

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    February 5, 2015 at 10:13 am

    This looks so delicious and refreshing!!

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    February 8, 2015 at 12:11 am

    STUNNING images! Makes me one two STAT! pinned :D

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    February 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

    This looks like a delicious drink with a bit more substance than the many fruity water recipes that you find on Pinterest. I can’t wait to try it in the summer when I’m trying to wean myself off another bottle of wine. ;)

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    February 14, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    My boyfriend and I made this for Valentine’s Day, but instead used a Cava in lieu of the soda water. It was STUNNING! Also, the lovely pink/red rue was so perfect for the occasion. We will absolutely be making this again.

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      February 14, 2015 at 8:30 pm

      Sounds awesome!

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    February 16, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I make a gin cocktail really similar to this every year for Christmas Day but this looks like the perfect healthy alcohol free version! Your photographs are absolutely amazing!

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