Happy Cooking :)
Last week, I went on a holiday to Algarve, Portugal with my family. The Algarve is a unique jewel which is the sunniest spot in whole Europe. The region is hidden with delights, with exceptional, picturesque and golden beaches, framed by beautifully wrought limestone rocks. The area is full of lush greenery, a serene atmosphere and above all, very friendly and welcoming people !!
|Carvoeiro Beach !|
|Sagres and Cape St.Vincent ( End of the World )|
|Sea view from the Balcony !|
|Breath taking view from our Villa Balcony !|
|Villa we Stayed at !|
|Priceless moments Sunrise at 6am !|
One of the first sights as we got into our taxi transfer was rows of beautiful orange trees amidst the most beautiful villas I have ever seen. We could see many locals selling oranges on the streets. I was itching to buy some but I figured I would wait til I hit the markets!
|At the Carvoeiro Food Market !|
The town that we stayed in was called Carvoeiro which had a lovely farmers market. I bought a kilo oranges from there that were specially for juicing. When I got home to my villa, I juiced the oranges and couldn't believe the taste when I drank the juice! I'd never drunk orange juice quite like it! The colour of the juice was a deep orange, and that's just the beginning!! The sweet and the tartness of the juice was so strong and then I understood the difference between packaged juices (even if they are pure) and freshly squeezed. We were hooked on these oranges !!!!
I decided then that on the way back to the airport, I would leave enough space in my luggage to buy a not couple of kilos worth, but more than ten kilos of oranges so that we could savour the flavour back home as well! The only downer is that I know that I am going to have trouble getting back to packaged juices once my stock of oranges runs out!
After coming back from Algarve, we are enjoying our orange juice. However, I thought of adding a few other ingredients in to this juice and I assure you I did not make any mistake adding them :). I added Mint and Ginger syrup and it gave the orange juice a new dimension, added a little kick and everyone was so pleased to have it !
You will need :-
- 8-10 Portuguese Oranges
- 12-15 Fresh Mint Leaves slightly torn
- 2" fresh root ginger ( grated )
- 2-3 tbsp. sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup water
- Fresh mint leaves to garnish
Place torn mint, grated ginger, sugar, salt and water in a saucepan.
Bring it to boil and simmer for 6-7 minutes.
Switch of the heat and let it cool .
Strain and leave it in the fridge for 1/2 an hour.
When you are ready to serve, cut oranges and take juice out.
Add 1/3 mint and ginger syrup and ice in the glass, pour freshly squeezed orange juice and garnish with mint leaves.
Linking this to Made with Love Mondays event by Javelin Warriors and Swathi's Favourite Recipes - Drinks