I’m a big believer in celebrating absolutely nothing for any reason at all.
In my eyes, you never need a special occasion for dressing up, for romance, or for celebration!
We’re alive, we’re thoroughly blessed, and every moment should be celebrated!
I’m not going to lie, I put this principle into practice on a regular basis.
I can often be found “playing dress-up” in my house (yes, as an adult with no children) for no reason at all. I pull out my old evening gowns and my highest shoes (and my white gloves if I’m feeling fancy 😉 ) and I prance around my house to Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé.
Or I’ll make myself a fancy dinner that rivals my favorite restaurants, because, hey, it’s Thursday and I’m celebrating!!!
And it’s always the best because my hair doesn’t need to be done, I don’t need to put on makeup, and I’m just enjoying the delights of life.
Yes indeed… That’s livin’.
I love celebrating nothing at all!
And celebrations always require bubbles.
I try to have a bottle of bubbly in the fridge at all times for special (and not-so-special) occasions. Sometimes that bubbly is champagne, and sometimes it’s sparkling water! But celebrations always call for bubbles.
And the best way to dress up bubbles is with a homemade fruit syrup, just like these ones!
These homemade citrus syrups taste FANTASTIC with both vino bubbles and water bubbles, and they’re also great in cocktails and mocktails!!! (I also recommend them drizzled over ice cream; we all celebrate differently!)
Try this syrup with sparkling water or with lime juice and tequila for a quick margarita!
Anyone who has experienced this fruit knows — it is both visually stunning and delicious.
The ruby red flesh of this orange produces a juice that is sweeter and richer than regular oranges, and it simmers down into a decadent, delicious syrup.
A classic combination for a reason — sweet, velvety red raspberries and light, tangy lemons make a perfect blend that has character, depth, and a sense of humor!
Is it weird to say that food has a sense of humor? I’m sure that it is, but that’s the best way I can think to describe this fun, bright, tasty combination!
- 1 cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- 1 1/2 - 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary
- 1 cup freshly squeezed blood orange juice
- 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 3/4 cup sugar or honey
- For each of the syrups, add the ingredients to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often.
- Turn the heat down to low and simmer until the sugar or honey has dissolved and the mixture has reduced, about 15-20 minutes. (Continue simmering longer for a more concentrated syrup.)
- Let the syrups cool and use them with sparkling water or sparkling wine, in cocktails or mocktails, or drizzled over ice cream!