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!
Blood Orange and Quinoa Muffins with Crystallized Ginger-Thyme Butter (at Vegetarian Ventures)
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!
- 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)
- 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.
- Juice 3 blood oranges. In a pitcher, combine the honey mixture, orange juice, and sparkling water. Garnish with the remaining rosemary sprig and serve.