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Citrus Vanilla Honey Sangria (Summer Sangria Series)

Updated: Apr 1, 2021

It's that time that we say goodbye to this summer's series of mocktail sangria recipes - but not without a tasty new recipe of the month to bridge the gap between these last few weeks of summer, ushering us into the fall. This recipe is certainly one of the most simple we've shared, so go ahead - treat yourself to a lazy day by the pool or whip this up before heading to the beach for a last hurrah corn roast and bonfire.

Ingredient Benefits

A concentrated source of vitamin C, you get quadruple-duty from this water-soluble vitamin - it's a powerful antioxidant that plays a central role in immune function while it also promotes bone formation, supports your body's natural response to wound healing, and promotes gum health. It's also rich in folate, which is needed for DNA synthesis (and supports healthy baby growth and development during the fetal stage). The potassium in orange juice helps regulate blood pressure, prevents bone loss, and protects against heart disease and stroke.

Adding Orange Vitality essential oil into the mix means your body will more readily absorb the nutrients in your orange juice, plus you'll get the added health benefits of a limonene-rich oil that supports healthy circulation and fluid retention, normal cell growth, supports the immune system, and even brightens and smooths the complexion.

Honey is known for it's cleansing properties and naturally puts up a good fight to keep our bodies healthy. When you tap into locally grown and pure honey, you may also be getting extra support during seasonal changes to keep your sniffer sneezeless. (If it's 100% honey, it'll have pollen in it that actually helps build your immune system up.)

Kick up the flavor a notch by juicing oranges yourself and combining the ingredients a day ahead so the flavors have extra time to combine. Here's what you need to sip your last summer nights away...

Ingredients + Directions

In a pitcher, whisk together 1 cup fresh orange juice and 3 Tbsp. honey (make sure you grab 100% honey and not "honey sauce," which is a concoction of honey adulterated with ingredients like high fructose corn syrup and added sugar). Horizontally cut 1 organic (pesticide-free) vanilla bean in half and scrape the pulp into the pitcher, whisking again. Add the remainder of the vanilla bean into the pitcher, slice 2 oranges, add 5 drops Orange Vitality essential oil, and gently stir. Pour over ice and add any soda water or other add-ins to suit your tastes.

Remember: use glass or stainless steal only - never plastic or other synthetics when ingesting essential oils!


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