Given that January is National Citrus Month, and that oftentimes by this point in a new year, there remains not a single health-related resolution left unbroken for many of us, delicious drink recipes featuring orange feel welcome right about now. Tasty things needn’t always come laden with ingredients that are bad for you, right?
Not only does our friend the orange contain a wealth of vitamin C, it is also an antioxidant that on average, is only approximately 62 calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Small wonder that it numbers among the fruits being celebrated this month. Each of these recipes, shared courtesy of Sparkling ICE, features the Orange Mango variety of this naturally flavored sparkling mountain spring water that has zero calories and is rich with vitamins and healthy antioxidants.
Sparkling Orange Mango Granita
• 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.
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 4 hrs. Put mixture in frozen oranges and serve.
Orange Mango Martini
• 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
• 1/3 cup chilled dry champagne
• 1/3 cup chilled Orange Mango Sparkling ICE
• 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier or triple sec (optional)
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).