Doesn't it feel like spring is here? It was a beautifully sunny weekend in NYC. The weather was perfect! After months of winter, A. and I spent the entire weekend outside. We went for long walks to Washington Sq. park, had a slow brunch outside Extra Virgin on w4th St. (one of my favorite little west village streets!), and bought dozens of bright fuschia tulips. It's weekends like these when I remember how much I ♥ the city.
After a delicious (seriously delicious!) late dinner at Babbo, we had no room for breakfast on Sunday. So, instead I made a big pitcher of one of my morning favorites: orange spritzers! Fresh squeezed juice and sparkling water, it doesn't get more simple than that... or refreshing.
I love fresh squeezed orange juice, especially now when oranges are in season. It really does not compare to anything you find at the store. It takes a little bit of effort, but so well worth it. As soon as I got my Kitchenaid mixer, the first thing I did was buy the juicer attachment. I can't imagine a weekend morning without it.
To the spritzer, I added a bit of fresh mandarin juice for a twist. It was deliciously fresh and my new breakfast staple. ...Of course, you can replace the sparkling water with Prosecco for a bubblier breakfast drink.
3 cups fresh squeezed orange juice (about 6-9 oranges)
1 cup fresh squeezed mandarin juice (about 6 mandarins)
1 cup sparkling water
about 1 tablespoon sugar (to taste)
Mix the orange and mandarin juice in a pitcher. Add the chilled sparking water, and sugar to taste. Serve with plenty of ice and orange slices.