Sunkist® Five Spice–Blood Orange Shrub

This winter has been cold and rough. Even my family who usually goes unscathed during cold and flu season has been knocked out of commission a few times. We all know the historical benefits of adding citrus to your diet and even today many believe it to be a natural source for boosting your immunity and keeping cold and flu away.

Although oranges are a popular pick as a school snack for my kids I find I don’t consume enough citrus myself. If drinking a glass of orange juice seems a little underwhelming, how about making a batch of Sunkist Five Spice–Blood Orange Shrub?

Handcrafted shrubs are easy to make and a great beverage alternative. This version with crimson blood orange and exotic spices is not only delicious but visually stunning, too.

Makes 4 cups (32 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup clover honey
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ground five spice powder
  • 6 slices fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Sunkist® Moro (blood) oranges, thinly sliced

Combine the honey, water, five spice, ginger and vinegar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then immediately remove from heat. Cool to room temperature. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer or cheesecloth into a large canning jar. Add the slices of blood orange and then cover with a lid. Let infuse, refrigerated, for a minimum of 24 hours before using. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe 5 Spice Blood Orange Scrub Large

For a slight twist, try serving the mix over ice or mixed with a splash of soda or for medicinal purposes (grown-ups only of course) mix in your favourite vodka. I’m tempted to try this as a hot toddy myself.

Additional Reading: Tasty Ways to Boost Your Immunity

Some other great flu fighting tidbits when it comes to citrus:

  • Grapefruit juice will retain 98% of its Vitamin C for up to a week when juiced and stored in the fridge.
  • Adding fresh lemon juice to tea can help increase the absorption of antioxidants.
  • Some hot water and lemon juice in the morning can neutralize acid in your body and stimulate the immune system to fight infections.
  • A quarter of a Pomelo contains over 100% of your daily Vitamin C.
  • Combining lemon, honey and ginger into hot water can aid in relieving a sore throat.

I’m not much of a cold weather person but living in Canada it’s hard to escape. Adding a little citrus to my day, whether in the form of this Sunkist Five Spice–Blood Orange Shrub recipe or one of the other boosts above will ensure I spend less time in bed.

Additional Reading: Warm Up With These 3 Vegetable Soup Recipes

Sunkist recipe and image reprinted with permission. Recipe courtesy Kathy Casey Food Studios®

February 23rd, 2015|Tags: , , |4 Comments

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  1. sarah jackson February 24, 2015 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Im bookmarking this , we could use a lil immunity boost here in our home .

    • Carrie Anne February 25, 2015 at 9:52 am - Reply

      I’m saving this one too Sarah. Can’t wait to try it, both with and without the medicinal addition 🙂

  2. Lee Pearson February 24, 2015 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I find myself eating more citrus during this long winter. I can’t wait for the Spring. I didn’t realize that Grapefruits were that healthy and what the heck is a Pomelo? Thanks for all the info..Great post!

    • Carrie Anne February 25, 2015 at 9:51 am - Reply

      It’s true about winter and citrus Lee. I find I gravitate toward it in the warmer weather and not so much in the cold season. Guess I need to change that thinking too.

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