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Blood Orange Squash – How to Make It & Giveaway #85

Blood Orange Squash

Drinks, Sponsored Post | 4th February 2017 | By

Tis the season for blood oranges. It’s a short one and is generally over by the end of February. Blood oranges have a particularly good flavour, but it’s the startling colour that is so remarkable. I’ve made a fabulous blood orange curd in the past, but I’ve been wanting to expand my bloody repertoire; here comes my recipe for blood orange squash. If that’s not enough to slake your thirst, I also have a nice little giveaway for you.

A Good Zester Makes All The Difference

I was sent a Deiss citrus zester/grater to try out and making this blood orange squash seemed like a good opportunity to do so. I’m not really a gadget geek, but I’ve fallen for this one, hook, line and sinker. It’s super sharp and it made very quick work of zesting the oranges. So far so good. But unlike the old box grater I’ve been using until now, it got all of the orange peel without wasting any of it. A simple tap on the rim of the bowl or pan and most of it falls away from the Deiss. That’s what I call progress.

Blood Orange Squash & Deiss Zester

The zester grates cheese and chocolate as well as citrus. I was advised that pretty much any cheese can easily be grated if it is frozen first. I’ve only tried Parmesan so far and that worked a treat just as it was. It also does a fine job of grating ginger and garlic. It’s made of razor sharp stainless steel and comes with a protective cover. The handle is comfortable and easy to grip, which again is not something that can be said about my old grater. I also find it very easy to clean. I run it under the tap to remove any bits that might be stuck as soon as I’ve finished using it, then wash as normal.

Blood Orange Squash

The Deiss zester/grater comes with a lifetime warranty and is dishwasher safe. It can be purchased from Amazon and is currently on offer at £9.98. Deiss is a small kitchenware company and you can find them on both Facebook and Instagram. They are offering three Tin and Thyme readers the chance to win one their zester/graters. Just scroll down to the bottom of the post to enter the giveway.

Unwaxed Citrus

It’s important to give citrus a good scrub, especially if they are not organic or unwaxed. I always try to source organic citrus if I’m going to use the peel in any way. Luckily I managed to get my hands on some organic blood oranges to make this squash. Sadly my oranges weren’t as bloody as I was hoping. I like them best when they are red all the way through. This meant my blood orange squash came out a rather disappointing orange colour rather than red. Luckily the flavour more than made up for this.

Blood Orange Squash

My blood orange squash tastes just like the orange squash I remember from childhood, but so so much better. Well maybe not quite like orange squash because I’ve pimped it up with a hint of vanilla. This marries surprisingly well with the orange and adds sweetness and depth to the flavour as well as a certain air of sophistication. Blood oranges aren’t quite as sweet as many other types yet they have a good flavour. You can use other oranges to make the squash, but you might want to add the juice of a lemon or an extra ½ tsp of citric acid to give it a bit of a tang.

Blood Orange Squash

Pour a slug or two into a glass, depending on how strong you like your squash. Add still or fizzy water and ice if desired. Moving on from childhood drinks, blood orange squash lends itself to any number of cocktails. How about adding a shot of tequila over ice for an almost Tequila Sunrise? Your squash will keep in a cool place for several months, although mine has nearly gone already.

Blood Orange Squash – The Recipe

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Blood Orange Squash

Zesty blood orange squash flavoured with vanilla for a touch of sophistication. Add still or fizzy water, ice if desired and maybe a slug of your favourite alcohol.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: blood oranges, cordial, squash
Servings: 1 bottle
Author: Choclette


  • 200 g golden caster sugar
  • 180 ml water
  • 5 blood oranges
  • ½ vanilla pod
  • 1 tsp citric acid


  • Place the sugar and water over a moderate heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Grate the zest of three of the oranges (I used a Deiss zester for speed and efficiency) and add to the sugar syrup along with the vanilla pod.
  • Simmer gently for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add the juice of the 5 oranges.
  • Allow to cool a little, then add the citric acid and stir.
  • Sieve the squash and pour into a clean sterilised glass bottle (or bottles).


As I used the Deiss zester, not a bit of peel was wasted. I am, thus, sharing my blood orange squash with the No Waste Food Challenge at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.

Other squash or cordial recipes you might like

For lots more cordial recipe inspiration head over to the cordials and syrups section of my Delicious Drinks board on Pinterest. There you’ll find plenty of both vegan and vegetarian dips and spreads.

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  1. Kim M

    4th February 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Oranges always make me think of my childhood and my Mum cutting them up for me

    • George Pow

      4th February 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Deiss Is the Name Grating is The Game!

    • Amanda

      5th February 2017 at 11:51 pm

      They make me think of being on holiday in Morocco and buying freshly squeezed orange juice in the street

    • Welshline

      2nd March 2017 at 1:38 pm

      Can’t wait to try these recipes

  2. Tracey Peach

    4th February 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Long cool refreshing drinks on a hot summers day 🙂 x

  3. laura banks

    4th February 2017 at 12:38 pm

    i always think of holidays as i always seem to have a nice cold glass of it on the balcony in the mornings

  4. Laura Todd

    4th February 2017 at 12:49 pm


  5. Katie Skeoch

    4th February 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Oranges always make me think of being pregnant as orange juice was something I craved!

  6. Peter Watson

    4th February 2017 at 1:01 pm

    Oranges remind me of my mother.Whenever she gave me one she told me she never had one for many years during the Second Worl War.

  7. Susan B

    4th February 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Oranges remind me of the East Coast of New Zealand, where they grow abundantly.

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 4:59 pm

      We never made it to the East Coast when we were in NZ, but we did come across loads of lemons.

  8. Janice

    4th February 2017 at 1:15 pm

    I absolutely love this squash. We drink a lot of cordials with fizzy water since we stopped drinking as much wine. I’m going to get some blood oranges and make this.

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 4:58 pm

      Do Janice, it brightens up these winter days no end 🙂

  9. Tracy K Nixon

    4th February 2017 at 1:56 pm

    My mam’s homemade chocolate orange marble cake which she makes using fresh orange juice and zest!

  10. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    4th February 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Sounds really tasty…and I love the colour!

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 4:57 pm

      I was a bit disappointed with the colour Angie, but you’re right. It may not be red enough, but it’s still a nice colour.

  11. Harline Parkin

    4th February 2017 at 2:17 pm

    Oranges make me think of summer I love the smell and taste so they also make me think healthy food

  12. Helen Moulden

    4th February 2017 at 2:31 pm

    They make me think of summer, heat, sunshine and also Italy because we ate fresh oranges there!

  13. Susan Smith

    4th February 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Oranges makes me think of quenching my thirst, theres nothing like freshly squeezed oranges on a warm summers day

  14. lucy higgins

    4th February 2017 at 2:51 pm

    definitely summertime when its hot and youve been outside and you come in and have some refreshing orange

  15. pete c

    4th February 2017 at 3:11 pm

    either drinking Sangria on holiday in Spain or having to avoid eating the pips inside when eating!

  16. Elaine Savage

    4th February 2017 at 3:18 pm

    oranges make me think of summer in Spain

  17. Lorraine Mabbitt

    4th February 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Freshly squeezed juice

  18. suan watts

    4th February 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Oranges make me think of marmalade making

  19. LynneH

    4th February 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Oranges make me think of a visit we paid to Seville, where the fruit is left to rot on the ground. It seemed such a waste; when I thought of all the marmalade it could have made

  20. Lynsey Buchanan

    4th February 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Oranges make me think of sunny days its like you are eating sunshine.

  21. Graham Ross

    4th February 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Oranges make me think of summer

  22. Maxine G

    4th February 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I like to think that it would be marmalade – I love making it, as well as other preserves

  23. iain maciver

    4th February 2017 at 6:38 pm

    make me think of summer, heat, sunshine

  24. Margaret Gallagher

    4th February 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Sunshine happiness and beauty
    Freshky squeeze for a delicious breakfast treat

  25. Iris Waldburger

    4th February 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Oranges make me think of a warm summers day but sometimes also of winter and mulled wine. I will definitely try this. It’s quite funny really as I was just thinking this morning I want to try orange squash next because we are running low on the raspberry one I made last and then this afternoon I found this recipe in my inbox

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 7:25 pm

      It was obviously meant to be Iris, although raspberry squash sounds rather delicious too. Let me know what you think or share a photo if you do make it.

  26. Ann-Marie Gould

    4th February 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Oranges always make me think of my uncle who has sadly now passed. He used to have an orange every afternoon before playing Ludo with my auntie.

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Oh! That’s such a poignant memory. I used to play Ludo with my grandmother many years ago. She’s no longer around either.

  27. ann clements

    4th February 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hot summer days

  28. Tracy

    4th February 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Spanish holidays!

  29. Andrea Fletcher

    4th February 2017 at 7:09 pm

    Oranges make me think of a freshly squeezed drink on a summers day.

  30. Cherry Edwards

    4th February 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Oranges remind me of the old days in a game of football when a tray of cut oranges came out and were offered round at half time.

  31. andy burns

    4th February 2017 at 7:18 pm

    dried spiced with cinnamon stick reminds me of christmas

  32. Sirley Young

    4th February 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Summer days 🙂

  33. Annette Oliver

    4th February 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Sunshine and Spain

  34. Sarah Rees

    4th February 2017 at 7:21 pm

    they make me think of summer

  35. Annabel Greaves

    4th February 2017 at 7:25 pm

    They remind me of a freshly squeezed orange juice on a summers day

  36. Hugh Jones

    4th February 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Holidays in France where it is much easier to get blood oranges and blood orange juice.

  37. Stacey Carnell

    4th February 2017 at 7:40 pm

    They make me think of summer 🙂

  38. lucinda duxbury

    4th February 2017 at 7:50 pm

    they make me think of summer fruit salad

  39. Mariel Pereira

    4th February 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Oranges remind me of Cristingle!

  40. A S,Edinburgh

    4th February 2017 at 7:52 pm

    Summer, energy, happiness. Before Christmas they would have made me think of Christmas, though!

  41. Lucy

    4th February 2017 at 7:57 pm

    I had no idea how to make squash, thanks so much for sharing. I have some blood oranges and it would be lovely to preserve their flavour a bit longer in this way.

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 8:01 pm

      Yes, though mine is disappearing rather faster than I imagined 😉

  42. Laura

    4th February 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Chocolate! Orange is one of my favourite flavours to put with chocolate. And really, I’ve always got chocolate on the brain.

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 8:00 pm

      So glad to hear it Laura 🙂

  43. frances hopkins

    4th February 2017 at 8:01 pm

    They make me think of the summer, waking up with freshly squeezed orange juice

  44. Keith Hunt

    4th February 2017 at 8:01 pm

    Oranges make me think of long Holidays in Hollywood Florida

  45. Ali Thorpe

    4th February 2017 at 8:18 pm

    The first thing that pops into my head is the book “Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit”.

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 10:13 pm

      Haha, yes good point and a good book too.

  46. Sarah Birkett

    4th February 2017 at 8:25 pm

    Vitamin C, and thirst quenching are the first things that spring to mind

  47. Tee simpson

    4th February 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Oranges make me think of christmas. Having a buck fizz on christmas morning

  48. Bob Clark

    4th February 2017 at 9:00 pm


  49. Sidrah Ahmed

    4th February 2017 at 9:16 pm

    A warm summers day at the park

  50. Sarah Mackay

    4th February 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Sunny holidays with my family and having a cheeky drink on christmas morning

  51. Samantha O'D

    4th February 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Blood oranges remind me of a holiday in Italy. I used to play oboe in a band and we went over to Lake Garda to play

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 10:11 pm

      That sounds like a fun trip. I’ve never been to Italy. And how lovely to play the oboe.

  52. Danielle Spencer

    4th February 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Oranges makes me think of a fresh summers day and morning.

  53. Deborah Holter

    4th February 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Made this and loved it – keep coming with the ideas xx

    • Choclette

      4th February 2017 at 10:10 pm

      Wow, that was quick. Glad you liked it and thank you 🙂

  54. emma walters

    4th February 2017 at 10:03 pm

    the smell makes me think of xmas stockings!

  55. Aaron Worth

    4th February 2017 at 10:06 pm

    The Sun

  56. Lynne Oconnor

    4th February 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Holidays in Spain. Nearly every bar and restaurant in Andalusia has a machine to make freshly squeezed orange juice to order from just picked oranges. Can’t be beaten

  57. Lorna Ledger

    4th February 2017 at 10:59 pm

    Spring, fresh, flavour, refreshing, vibrant, nice smell, revitilising – thank you

  58. Sheena Batey

    4th February 2017 at 11:10 pm


  59. Caroline H

    4th February 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Ooh, oranges always make me think of summer salads, along with grapefruit. The thing is I eat really similar salads in winter but for some reason never put fruit in them!

  60. melanie stirling

    5th February 2017 at 12:03 am

    Oranges make me think of hot holidays in Portugal and picking them off the trees in the villa gardens.

  61. Iona Cornish

    5th February 2017 at 12:12 am


  62. Petar Stanev

    5th February 2017 at 2:25 am

    I want this!!!

  63. Elizabeth

    5th February 2017 at 6:28 am

    That is one seriously gorgeous looking drink! I have only ever tried fresh blood oranges once, many moons ago while on a whirlwind holiday to Sardinia. I’ve never seen them for sale here in Shetland, but if they do appear I am definitely making this squash! Thank you for sharing with the No Waste Food Challenge too 🙂

    • Choclette

      5th February 2017 at 4:30 pm

      Ah yes, I expect you miss out on a few seasonal foods up in Shetland. Luckily you have some compensations 🙂 You could make the squash with ordinary oranges, but it somehow seems a bit more special made with blood ones.

  64. Astra coath

    5th February 2017 at 7:12 am

    Oranges always remind me of my dad as he always used to eat the big ones and I joined him but he always said I picked the best ones so I picked them for him.

  65. Anna

    5th February 2017 at 7:40 am

    Energy and optimism

  66. Phil Darling

    5th February 2017 at 7:40 am

    Oranges always make me think of Christmas – we always got an orange in our stockings

  67. Elizabeth Hinds

    5th February 2017 at 7:45 am

    My mum – she always used to have an orange after her tea and they always remind me of her now 🙂

  68. Alison Ellis

    5th February 2017 at 7:55 am

    Oranges make me think of the summer, Spain, and just the smell cheers me up x

  69. Katie

    5th February 2017 at 8:08 am

    Mmm, looks delicious! Oranges remind me of my childhood as I never used to like them. I loved the flavour but didn’t used to like the actual fruit because of the pith!

  70. Graeme Macmillan

    5th February 2017 at 8:52 am

    Fantastic Prize Finally zesting made easy

  71. Barbara Knight

    5th February 2017 at 8:59 am

    Oranges make me think of marmalade, which I love making and eating with my toasted home-made bread.

  72. Allan Wilson

    5th February 2017 at 9:30 am

    Oranges make me think of refreshing summer fruits

  73. Spencer Broadley

    5th February 2017 at 9:45 am

    They make me think of nice refreshing times in the garden listening to the cricket commentary

  74. hali kinson

    5th February 2017 at 11:19 am

    orange makes me think of summer

  75. John Edwards

    5th February 2017 at 11:26 am

    Oranges make me think of Xmas day. My parents used to put a couple of them in my pillow case with my toys

  76. Jade Pawley

    5th February 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Oranges make me think of our family holidays in our Sangria!

  77. jo liddement

    5th February 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Oranges make me think of the very morish greek orange polenta cake which only lasts one day in my house

    • Choclette

      5th February 2017 at 4:23 pm

      Hahaha, that does sound good. I keep meaning to try an orange polenta cake, but have only managed chocolate and rhubarb so far.

  78. Mary

    5th February 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Oranges make me think of Christmas and also mum making marmalade.

  79. Joseph Westhead

    5th February 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Oranges take me back to when I was much younger and I had an orange each morning, nowadays I never seem to get my hands on them which is a shame.

  80. Christine Shelley

    5th February 2017 at 4:43 pm

    The piles of packets of satsumas at the foodbank this Christmas, destined before for the waste, now used by us

  81. clair downham

    5th February 2017 at 5:01 pm

    orange juice in thew sunshine

  82. Angela Treadway

    5th February 2017 at 5:34 pm

    fresh orange juice x

  83. angela sandhu

    5th February 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Drinking orange juice in the Florida sunshine with my family and friends

  84. Farhana

    5th February 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Oranges remind me of sunshine, I have no idea why but its just what I associate with it.

  85. Dom

    5th February 2017 at 6:00 pm

    I adore bloody oranges… I bought 3 nets at Aldi recently and I have to say they were the best blood oranges i’ve ever eaten! Never thought to make my own squash, looks genius!

    • Choclette

      5th February 2017 at 7:23 pm

      They are very special and made even more so by their short season. I’ve not seen them in Aldi. Thanks for the heads up.

  86. Lisa Parker

    5th February 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Buying fruit down our local market with my dad when I was little x

  87. sallyanne rose

    5th February 2017 at 7:12 pm

    clementine’s at Christmas and half time at the boys football practise

  88. Gill

    5th February 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Oranges were a real treat in my childhood! Mum used to cut a hole in the top and push a sugar lump inside for us!!

  89. Sam Rhodes

    5th February 2017 at 7:54 pm

    They always make me think of being young and on holiday! 🙂

  90. Clare H

    5th February 2017 at 8:01 pm

    they make me think of holidays in Spain – going to the market and buying fresh fruit

  91. Emily Knight

    5th February 2017 at 8:21 pm

    They make me think of the orange and almond cake I love to make – a flourless cake using ground almonds and whole oranges that have been boiled (skin and all) before being blitzed in the food processor – it’s so good!

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:40 am

      This has been on my list for such a long time. I’ve made a similar cake with chocolate, but not yet without.

  92. Becky Duffy

    5th February 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Oranges make me think of Spain – sangria and good food!

  93. S Bufton

    5th February 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Oranges make me think of marmalade on toast

  94. Caroline Bourne

    5th February 2017 at 9:25 pm

    They remind me of sunny days in Spain

  95. ElizM

    5th February 2017 at 10:37 pm

    My father – he was Spanish. As a very young child he taught me how to peel an orange in segments. Funny how memories come back to you…

  96. Inga Andersen

    5th February 2017 at 10:39 pm

    Cold summer drinks, jaffa cakes and holidays in Florida

  97. Kathy Cakebread

    5th February 2017 at 10:47 pm

    nice refreshing juice drink

  98. Claire @foodiequine

    5th February 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Marmalade. My granny always made a huge batch of it every year.

    • Choclette

      8th February 2017 at 6:32 pm

      Yes, they make me think of marmalade too and my mother who still makes it every year.

  99. Ruth Harwood

    6th February 2017 at 8:56 am

    Summer in spain!!

  100. Mina Joshi

    6th February 2017 at 9:17 am

    I love blood oranges but have never made squash. Adding the zest to the squash is also a great idea.

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:22 pm

      So much of the flavour is in the zest and if the oranges are organic, I don’t like to waste them.

  101. Sally Collingwood

    6th February 2017 at 10:57 am


  102. All That I'm Eating

    6th February 2017 at 11:07 am

    I love blood oranges, this is such a good idea! I bet the vanilla gives it a great flavour.

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:21 pm

      Vanilla isn’t an obvious choice to go with oranges, but it works stupendously.

  103. kim plant

    6th February 2017 at 11:24 am

    reminds me of a beautiful holiday in florida with white sandy beached and fresh orange juice x

  104. Jane Willis

    6th February 2017 at 11:27 am

    Oranges always make me think of the green-skinned oranges that were so popular when I lived in Brunei.

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Ooh I’ve heard of green skinned oranges, but never had one.

  105. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    6th February 2017 at 11:36 am

    Blood orange is my favorite citrus!

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:19 pm

      Citrus is such a great family, I find it hard to pick out a favourite.

  106. pauline hill

    6th February 2017 at 11:38 am

    long hot summer says

  107. sarah rees

    6th February 2017 at 11:55 am

    has to be simply nice fresh orange juice with a hot cooked breakfast, washes down well

  108. Donna S

    6th February 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Christmas… when I was a child we always had oranges for Christmas. I love the tradition of putting oranges in Christmas stockings 🙂

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Me too. We still do Christmas stockings, even though everyone is adult now and there is always an orange in the bottom.

  109. Pretty

    6th February 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I love this, have never made squash at home, wouldn’t know where to start but this recipe looks great. Will give it ago.

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Yay! Give it a go and let me know what you think 🙂

  110. Elinor Hill aka Beachhutcook

    6th February 2017 at 6:22 pm

    I think a teaspoon or two in the bottom of a glass of dry cava would work a treat.

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:02 pm

      I have a bottle of Champagne we never got around to drinking at Christmas and this thought had crossed my mind.

  111. POPPY

    6th February 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Oh that colour is glorious Choclette! It would make a wonderful gift. It’s funny as oranges always make me think of sunshine, yet here is blood orange season in chilly February!

    • Choclette

      6th February 2017 at 7:01 pm

      It’s just wonderful to have such glorious coloured fruit at this time of year. It would indeed make a good gift and now you’ve put me in mind of it, I might just do that.

  112. Charlotte Burford

    6th February 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Sunny Monday mornings in the summer eating breakfast in the garden

  113. Andrea Upton

    6th February 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Oranges make me think of this time of year and lovely mornings in the kitchen making jars of marmalade!

  114. Kim Styles

    7th February 2017 at 10:19 am

    they remind me of a nanny job I had when I was a teenager – I use to have to juice half a dozen oranges every morning for their childrens breakfasts with a hand juicer!!

  115. Elizabeth Smith

    7th February 2017 at 4:33 pm

    They remind me of my grandma because she had a penchant for studded oranges in her wardrobes.
    Thanks for the blood orange cordial recipe I’ll have a go at the weekend

    • Choclette

      7th February 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Ah oranges studded with cloves brings back memories, I used to make those as presents for everyone when I was a child. Hope you like the recipe. Would love to see a photo and / or hear what you think.

  116. Amy Pest

    7th February 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Cold orange juice

  117. Melissa Red

    7th February 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Oranges always make me think of nature and make a naturally refreshing drink.

  118. Christine Sunter

    8th February 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Oranges make me think of Spain. First place I saw them growing on trees!

  119. Jayne Townson

    8th February 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Oranges make me think of breakfast, and having a nice freshly squeezed glass of orange.


    8th February 2017 at 8:47 pm

    It will sound crazy but oranges remind me of the summer as i eat so many sitting in the sunshine in the garden during the summer.

  121. Solange

    8th February 2017 at 9:44 pm


  122. Emma Walton

    9th February 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Strangely, Oranges always make me think of summer and Christmas! Summer because I use orange juice a lot in alcoholic drinks that I consume with great enjoyment in the garden whilst soaking up the sun and Christmas because I was shopping one year and was in the scented candle department. I picked up a candle called Spiced Orange and it had a gorgeous scent so I bought it. I light it every year and place in on the table during Christmas lunch.

  123. Natalie Crossan

    9th February 2017 at 10:49 pm

    terry’s chocolate oranges lol

  124. Rai

    10th February 2017 at 1:27 pm

    The countless glasses of lovely, weak orange squash that fuelled my running around like a lunatic childhood. Ha thanks, now I really fancy some

  125. leanne weir

    10th February 2017 at 2:58 pm

    they remind me of summer or the godfather and marlon brando

  126. Laura Corrall

    11th February 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Sports Days, might be showing my age a little here, but when I was little you’d always get an orange on a sports day as a snack.

  127. Jo Glasspool

    11th February 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Oranges make me think of cold. wet days watching my brother play football.

  128. Toni Pearson

    11th February 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Our holiday in Florida, and the freshly squeezed juice we enjoyed.

  129. maria dhillon

    11th February 2017 at 9:34 pm

    it reminds me of when i was a kid my mum used to make the most amazing orange juice from fresh oranges

  130. claire woods

    12th February 2017 at 10:19 am

    Reminds me of Christmas because that’s when my Mum would have always have oranges in the house.

  131. Laura Nice

    12th February 2017 at 10:53 am

    I love oranges they remind me being at home with my grandma and grandad

  132. Linda Griffiths

    12th February 2017 at 5:15 pm

    I love to use them in bucks fizz

  133. Victoria Prince

    13th February 2017 at 10:31 am

    They make me think of marmalade! And always having a satsuma or clementine in my stocking at Christmas 🙂

  134. jessica catherine

    13th February 2017 at 11:08 pm

    oranges make me think of a lovely summer day with the family in our garden

  135. Maya Russell

    15th February 2017 at 7:29 am

    Oranges make me think of squeezing and rolling a whole one and then using a straw to drink the juice. You can also buy these sipper things which you can wash and reuse. (Lunchbox idea!)

    • Choclette

      15th February 2017 at 9:32 am

      That’s a fantastic idea and one I’d completely forgotten about.

  136. Helen Thurston

    15th February 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Oranges always make me think of the big tins of Mamade which my nan used to buy to make her own marmalade. That and football – guess who used to get the job of cutting up the half-time oranges 🙂


    15th February 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Drinking Sangria while on holiday with the family, even the kids got to have a little taste

  138. Rachel Craig

    16th February 2017 at 3:18 am

    Oranges tend to make me think of them being a rich source of vitamin C. We are told that they are a healthy fruit for us to eat. Also I think of sunshine as sunshine is needed in order to grow oranges.

  139. kate kathurima

    17th February 2017 at 12:35 am

    Fresh and tangy, juicy, a nice slice in a gin

  140. janine atkin

    17th February 2017 at 4:47 pm

    they make me think of the pain when some juice got into a cut one time!!

  141. Jo Carroll

    18th February 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Oranges instantly make me think of sunshine even on the darkest of mornings. To me they are the ‘happiest’ fruit there is.

  142. Fozia Akhtar

    19th February 2017 at 11:39 am


  143. Mike Gerrie

    19th February 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Oranges remind me of when we were younger making freshly squeezed orange juice for our parents on a Sunday morning


    19th February 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Sunny days and sticky juice covered fingers

  145. Carole E

    19th February 2017 at 10:49 pm

    Oranges remind me of christmas. Having a orange in the bottom of our stocking

  146. Kat Lucas

    20th February 2017 at 3:03 am

    Oranges always make me think of Florida and Sunshine

  147. Ben Audsley

    21st February 2017 at 6:05 pm

    oranges make me think of sunshine, hot sunny days by the pool and drinking refreshing orange juice.

  148. Natalie Thomason

    22nd February 2017 at 1:29 am

    I love oranges remind me of being in Spain the orange groves .

  149. Rich Tyler

    22nd February 2017 at 1:41 am

    Florida with all the orange trees getting beautiful sunshine

  150. Emma Rawlinson

    22nd February 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Oranges always remind me of being on holiday in Spain. Seeing all the orange trees by the roadside during the taxi journey from the airport to the hotel. And of course the freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast 🙂

  151. Susan Hoggett

    23rd February 2017 at 4:52 pm

    they make me think of breakfasts on holiday as I always have some freshly squeezed chilled orange juice

  152. Mary H

    24th February 2017 at 10:13 am

    I adore the smell and taste of oranges. They remind me of my mum as she was always eating them!

  153. bex barton

    24th February 2017 at 12:31 pm

    They remind me of the furniture polish my mum used, which always made me want to go and eat an orange!

  154. purpleshoes

    25th February 2017 at 3:37 pm

    they remind me of summertime and long days

  155. Eileen Tingle

    26th February 2017 at 6:31 pm

    Oranges make me think of sunny beaches

  156. Emma Nixon

    26th February 2017 at 9:03 pm

    They remind me of summer holidays in cyprus. Alway lots of local oranges for sale. Freshly squeezed orange juice always tastes great

  157. Sarah Ann

    27th February 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Oranges make me think of freshly squeezed orange juice on a hot summers day – so refreshing!!

  158. Becky John

    28th February 2017 at 3:17 am

    Oranges make me think of breakfast abroad with ice cold freshly squeezed orange juice.

  159. Kelly Hanson

    28th February 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Terry’s chocolate oranges are the first thing that comes to mind. I’m so healthy lol

  160. Claire Thomas

    28th February 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Gutted, I haven’t seen any blood oranges this year, and guess I have probably missed them. I love making cordials now I don’t drink and this sounds perfect.

    • Choclette

      1st March 2017 at 8:10 am

      You might still find some if you’re lucky Claire. Aldi have been selling some good ones.

  161. T Brailey

    1st March 2017 at 5:33 am

    Oranges make me think of Christmas and in contrast a hot summers day.

  162. Sadiyya Maryam

    1st March 2017 at 7:20 am

    Feeding them to my little girl in Lebanon fresh from the trees.

  163. Lisa Wilkinson

    1st March 2017 at 9:34 am

    Visiting the Mediterranean and having freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast

  164. Jodie Thompson

    1st March 2017 at 9:34 am

    Oranges make me think of summer

  165. Michelle Jenkins

    1st March 2017 at 10:52 am

    Oranges always remind me of my nana, she always made her own pot puri and used oranges dried slowly in the oven.

  166. Stephen Jenkins

    1st March 2017 at 3:05 pm

    this looks different

  167. carole n

    1st March 2017 at 3:18 pm

    making marmalade

  168. Kelly Goodall

    1st March 2017 at 5:13 pm


  169. Katy Malkin

    1st March 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Rows of orange trees, the smell is just lovely, clear and fresh

  170. hannah oneill

    1st March 2017 at 9:03 pm

    Oranges remind me of going to my nans as she always made fresh orange juice

  171. Mary Baldwin

    2nd March 2017 at 7:05 am

    Oranges make me think of a special birthday that we spent in Rome and saw oranges growing in the trees around the city.

  172. Claire C

    2nd March 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Oranges make me think of Breakfast, I love Orange Juice with breakfast.

  173. Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    2nd March 2017 at 3:54 pm

    The smell of freshly squeezed orange juice – my favourite!

  174. Karl Byrne

    2nd March 2017 at 6:19 pm

    breakfast overlooking the sea in sunny spain

  175. Anthea Holloway

    2nd March 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Oranges make me think of marmalade and also the oranges growing along the roadsides in Tucson, Arizona.

  176. Allan Fullarton

    2nd March 2017 at 6:41 pm

    The recipes look great!

  177. Lea Mavin

    2nd March 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Oranges make me think of Christingles that my children make every year in school.

  178. Lauren Stebbings

    2nd March 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Oranges remind me of being in Florida 🙂

  179. steph lovatt

    2nd March 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Oranges make me think of sunshine and marmalade on toast

  180. Emma Wolski

    2nd March 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Vitamin C to stop sailors getting scurvy! Always remember that from school lol!

  181. Jo W

    2nd March 2017 at 10:08 pm

    Playing sports when I was young as we always had oranges at half time or afterwards

  182. Caroline Cordery

    2nd March 2017 at 10:13 pm


  183. Meryl Thomas

    2nd March 2017 at 10:52 pm

    Looks delicious. am definitely going to try this.

  184. Julie Wilson

    3rd March 2017 at 6:42 am

    Oranges remind me of our wonderful family holiday in Florida.

  185. Sheila Reeves

    3rd March 2017 at 7:17 am

    Holidays! The taste of freshly squeezed oranges fresh from the tree takes me back to a villa holiday in Spain

  186. Elspeth MacMillan

    3rd March 2017 at 10:49 am

    Sunshine 😀

  187. Andrew Hindley

    3rd March 2017 at 11:07 am

    Oranges make me think of Orange groves in warmer climes

  188. Jade Hewlett

    3rd March 2017 at 11:12 am

    Oranges make me think of refreshing summer drinks of orange juice

  189. Sarah Wilson

    3rd March 2017 at 11:28 am

    Christmas stockings!

  190. Bianca Corcoran

    3rd March 2017 at 12:22 pm

    Oranges always make me think of my childhood holidays where we would always pick them fresh off the trees

  191. Kim Webster-Marsh

    3rd March 2017 at 12:48 pm

    They make me think of standing on the side lines watching my Dad play football when I was young, me & my brother always got some of the half time oranges 😀

  192. Lauren Old

    3rd March 2017 at 1:08 pm

    They make me think of the sun and therefore hot days in summer!

  193. lia sturman

    3rd March 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Oranges make me think of Spain always wanted to go when i was small

  194. donna l jones

    3rd March 2017 at 2:46 pm

    the children having to do oranges for christingle

  195. Donna Caldwell

    3rd March 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Oranges remind me of my grandma he use to have one every morning and when we called around he would have slices waiting for us

  196. sheri darby

    3rd March 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Oranges make me think of sunshine

  197. Angela Kelly

    3rd March 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I don’t know what I think of when I think of oranges, but my mouth starts watering!

  198. karen watt

    3rd March 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Love blood oranges great recipes

  199. Diana

    3rd March 2017 at 8:50 pm

    Summer days in the garden!

  200. Kirsty Woods

    3rd March 2017 at 8:59 pm

    The smell of oranges reminds me of Christmas, my parents used to buy a big box of oranges every Christmas

  201. Kat Allinson

    3rd March 2017 at 9:09 pm

    It makes me think of my childhood, my dad always used to have a glass of orange juice with me in the mornings

  202. Nancy Bradford

    3rd March 2017 at 10:33 pm

    I love the smell of oranges. They make me think of summer mornings and fresh squeezed orange juice that we used to (sometimes) have for breakfast when I was a child.

  203. Lia Burns

    3rd March 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Oranges make me think of my childhood, when I had sleepovers with my grandparents my grandad would always peel me and my nan an orange to share x

  204. chris bull

    3rd March 2017 at 11:08 pm

    They make me think of many years ago when as a child when we could go to the shops on our own, my nan used to give me a few pennies and I used to go to buy an ortanique orange, this was a great treat and I still love all orange citrus fruits

  205. claire little

    3rd March 2017 at 11:15 pm

    being refreshed.

  206. Diane Duggan

    3rd March 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Oranges make me think of the fruit salads my mum used to make when I was a kid.

  207. ellie spider

    3rd March 2017 at 11:48 pm

    oranges make me think of sunny weather and holidays in Orlando and the 192 with the giat orange shop

  208. Jo Hutchinson

    4th March 2017 at 12:03 am

    Oranges always make me think of school when we had oranges at half time.

  209. Jamie C Millard

    4th March 2017 at 12:06 am

    spain. they grow everywhere when we visit there. also christmas. always seem to eat a lot more at christmas.

  210. Susan Williams

    4th March 2017 at 12:23 am

    Orange groves in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.

  211. Christine Hobbs

    4th March 2017 at 4:56 am

    Oranges make me think of Xmas as there was always one or two found in my stocking. I have continued this tradition and put one in my childrens stocking every year

  212. Erica Price

    4th March 2017 at 7:13 am

    Oranges make me think of sunshine

  213. Zoe g

    4th March 2017 at 8:11 am

    Oranges make me think of holidays and summer!

  214. chloe brill

    4th March 2017 at 8:24 am

    oranges make me feel refreshed

  215. Helen Lane

    4th March 2017 at 8:48 am

    I haven’t seen blood oranges in the shops in ages

    • Choclette

      4th March 2017 at 8:26 pm

      They aren’t always that obvious. I’ve been getting mine from Aldi and Riverford.

  216. Patricia Avery

    4th March 2017 at 9:31 am

    Oranges make me think of helping Grandma make marmalade in the 1950s as well as the bottles of orange juice I was given as a child (courtesy of NHS) 🙂

  217. Emma Davison

    4th March 2017 at 9:53 am

    Marmalade, eating them at break in a hockey match at school, drinking zesty refreshing juice.

  218. Jim Milligan

    4th March 2017 at 10:23 am

    marmalade – helping my Dad cut up loads of oranges which filled the housewith orangey aroma

  219. Stuart Dunlop

    4th March 2017 at 10:46 am

    Our family trip to Florida, where we went to a orange farm – it was fab!

  220. Jo McPherson

    4th March 2017 at 10:57 am

    They remind me of when I was young, my mum used to buy huge ones and always had this special orange peeler tool

  221. Victoria Buchanan

    4th March 2017 at 11:08 am

    This looks lovely! Will definitely give it a go 🙂

    • Choclette

      4th March 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Do let me know how you get on Victoria.

  222. kelly morgan

    4th March 2017 at 11:44 am

    the childrens song oranges and lemons says the bells of st clements

  223. Joanna Ford

    4th March 2017 at 12:13 pm

    They make me think of sitting in the sun with a cocktail that has a slice of orange on the side! A nice summery feeling!

  224. Samantha R

    4th March 2017 at 12:59 pm

    They make me think of orange cordial when I was younger, or orange zest on a freshly baked cake!

  225. Clare Hubbard

    4th March 2017 at 1:05 pm

    The sun, bright warm sunlight, and they taste sweet and juicy!

  226. kim wallace

    4th March 2017 at 1:14 pm

    citrus taste in the moth

  227. carol Boffey

    4th March 2017 at 1:37 pm

    oranges make me think of sun

  228. A.E. ADKINS

    4th March 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Oranges conjure up all sorts of childhood memories: seeing them growing on trees on first holiday abroad, in Santas sack with shiny pennies, tepid squash on a hot day out on our bikes………

  229. Dean Inwood

    4th March 2017 at 4:28 pm

    Would love to try some of these recipes.

  230. Dawn Hull

    4th March 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Oranges make me think of the Summer and holidays abroad enjoying the sunshine!

  231. Ben Robb

    4th March 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Summer in Spain!

  232. Kerry SmithK

    4th March 2017 at 5:08 pm

    They make me think of holidays in Spain

  233. andrea tinkler

    4th March 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Always makes me think of my grandma who used peel in her baking and i got to eat the oranges xx

  234. Matt Brasier

    4th March 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Oranges make me think of sunshine

  235. Rachael Ashmore

    4th March 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Homemade marmalade

  236. Amy Jo McLellan

    4th March 2017 at 7:20 pm

    Oranges make me think of Christmas as I remember the ones at the bottom of stockings 🙂

  237. Sheena Read

    4th March 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Bottom of my Christmas Stocking

  238. Fiona jk42

    4th March 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Oranges remind me of a visit to Valencia where there were literally heaps of oranges on the side of the roads, apparently these were the ones that were too ripe to go to market, so you could just help yourself to them.


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  240. Adrian Bold

    4th March 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Orange always make me think of the fact that nothing rhymes with it. Purple too 🙂

  241. Monika Bascombe

    4th March 2017 at 10:50 pm

    childhood – oranges and and bananas were always in our house

  242. Phill Worboys

    4th March 2017 at 11:17 pm

    What a “GRATE” prize! 🙂


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