Vanilla Orange Juice


I’m feeling just a touch clever right now. Instead of going through the process of making Vanilla Orange Sorbet by juicing oranges, making a simple syrup infused with a vanilla bean, chilling it, spinning it, and freezing it, I realized that simply dropping a split vanilla bean into orange juice and letting it infuse for a little while is quite amazing and luxurious in its own right (and without any added sugar). I used a combination of juices from navel and cara cara oranges that I got at the Farmer’s Market whose peel are destined to be candied, but doing the same thing with even a carton of OJ could just be the highlight of a brunch party.

Vanilla beans are resilient things — it could be done with a scraped out bean and probably be reused again even, as long as it stays submerged. Of course, not everyone has vanilla beans lying around and waiting for some action, but if you do, make sure you have some citrus juice around, too.

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4 Responses to “Vanilla Orange Juice”

  1. fattypr Says:

    Just a touch clever?

    Is that really all you’re feeling? 🙂

  2. Nina Says:

    HAHA for just tossing an object into a liquid, I really shouldn’t admit to anything more 🙂
    Not to mention the fact that the difficulty level of the recipe went from roughly 1 to .1.

  3. Bek Says:

    My favorite is a whole vanilla bean, that has been scraped for another use, with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. I do it all the time at work!

  4. Nina Says:

    Bek – I. Must. Try. That. This quick drink infusion trick totally beats making vanilla sugar for me, and my homemade vanilla extract is already bursting with used beans from my marshmallows… I need to decant a bit and refill with more alcohol…

    Btw, where are you working now? In a restaurant?

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