This refreshing sip is made by mixing a flavorful blood orange simple syrup with canned LaCroix sparkling water. You could actually make your soda right in the can--simply pop the top, take a swig, pour in a bit of your blood orange base, give the can a swirl, and enjoy. And for a perfect happy hour upgrade, add a little campari into the equation.
5 blood oranges
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon blood orange bitters
1 teaspoon aromatic bitters
8 cans plain LaCroix sparkling water
How to Make It
Zest and juice 4 of the 5 oranges. Cut the remaining 1 orange into thin rounds; slice the rounds in half and set aside (for garnish).
Combine the orange zest, juice, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil. Remove pan from heat and let stand for 10 minutes.
Strain orange mixture. Stir in both bitters; cover and chill for about 20 minutes.
Combine ¾ cup of LaCroix with 2 tablespoons of blood orange mixture, or to taste; pour over ice and garnish with orange slices.
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