Say cheers with this simple, homemade orange soda. Serve it up in tall glasses and sip with the Silly 'Staches and Smiles.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 to 4 oranges, washed and dried
- 2 cups sparkling water (plain carbonated water)
Kids kitchen skills:
- citrus juicer
- measuring cup
- small saucepan
- large spoon
- knife & cutting board
- Start by making the Simple Syrup (the sweetener for your orange fizz). A grown-up can heat 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil and stir. When the sugar has dissolved, remove it from the heat and set aside.
- Grate one of the oranges to make zest. Zest comes from the orange part of the rind—not the white part! Measure out 1 tablespoon.
- A grown-up should cut all the oranges in half. Kids can use the juicer to squeeze the juice from the oranges. Twist back and forth—and squeeze!
- Pour the orange juice into a measuring cup. It should measure about 1 cup of juice. Add the orange zest. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
- Pour the orange juice through a strainer set on top of a pitcher. This will remove the zest, pulp, and seeds. Add 2 cups of sparkling water and stir well.
- Taste the orange fizz. What do you think? If it's too tart, stir in 4 to 6 tablespoons of Simple Syrup from Step 1 into the pitcher. Pour into glasses. Say cheers!