This makes a large batch of jalapeño-spiced orange-lime juice that will keep in the fridge for a couple of days. Pour it over ice and top it with sparkling water for a refreshing alcohol-free treat.
7 navel oranges, divided
2 small jalapeños, divided
½ cup sugar (optional)
½ tsp. kosher salt
Cordial Organics Celebrate Bitters (for serving)
Sparkling water (for serving)
Juice the citrus (you should have about ¾ cup lime juice and 1¼ cups orange juice). Discard lime rinds and half of the orange rinds. Cut remaining orange rinds into quarters and place in a large saucepan.
Chop 1 jalapeño and add to orange rinds along with sugar and salt. Using a muddler or dowel-style rolling pin, muddle rinds until thoroughly smooshed and much of the sugar and salt is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Stir in 1 cup warm water and let sit at least 20 minutes and up to 1 hour.
Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into pitcher with juice. We have been known to use a muslin bag for this so that it’s easy to ring our all of the goodness. Thinly slice remaining orange and add to pitcher. Remove seeds (optional) from remaining jalapeño; thinly slice into rounds and add to pitcher.
To serve, pour 2 oz. juice mixture, into an ice-filled glass. Top off with sparkling water and a full dropper of Celebrate Bitters; stir to combine.