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Fresh Citrus Spritzers

Be sure to keep the fruits at room temperature before preparing the spritzers, as they will yield more juice than if stored in the refrigerator. If you have young chefs in the house, they can squeeze the juice from the oranges, lemons and limes and then stir everything together.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup superfine sugar 
  • 1/3 cup water 
  • Juice of 1 orange 
  • Juice of 1 lemon  
  • Juice of 2 limes 
  • Ice cubes as needed 
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) sparkling water, chilled 
  • 4 lemon peel strips 

Directions:

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove the sugar syrup from the heat and let cool.

In a pitcher, stir together the sugar syrup, orange juice, lemon juice and lime juice. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Divide the citrus mixture among the glasses and top with sparkling water. Garnish with the lemon peel strips and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Essentials of Breakfast and Brunch, by Georgeanne Brennan, Elinor Klivans, Jordan Mackay and Charles Pierce (Oxmoor House, 2007).