It is winter outside and we are LIVING for it!
Based in the middle of the Austrian Alps, we at paul&ernst are known for taking off the occasional, cheeky Friday morning when snow conditions are particularly enticing. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as winter sports are a national obsession in our mountainous country.
After a long day out in the cold, however, we are definitely in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. So today, we are happy to share with you one of our trusted recipes for an afternoon energy boost.
Our very own Finance whiz, HR-lady and resident plant whisperer Christa kindly shared her super simple (3 ingredients!) & super yummy recipe for her organic orange syrup – a staff favorite for sure!
Organic Orange Syrup
- 2-4 large, organic oranges
- 1 liter of water
- 500 grams of Sirupzucker (sugar enhanced with pectin and citric acid)
Start with removing the peel from the organic oranges. Make sure to remove all of the pith in the process. Slice the orange peel into thin strips and set aside.
Heat the water in a large pot. Add the sugar once the water is boiling and bring to a boil once more. Add the sliced orange peels and take pot off the heat.
Let the mixture cool completely and leave to steep for at least two days in a cool spot. The longer you leave it the better – Christa leaves hers for up to six days and trust us, the results are delicious!
After the two days, pour the syrup back into a large pot and remove all orange peels. Bring the sugary concoction to a boil once again and simmer for 5 minutes. Once the syrup has cooled down, bottle and seal tightly and keep in a cool place (refigerate once opened and consume within 2 weeks).
Sunshine in Our Mugs
For one cup of orange heaven, we recommend mixing one to two teaspoons of syrup with boiling water and – if available – a dash of freshly squeezed orange juice. Feel free to add warming spices such as cinnamon or fresh ginger for extra depth.
Add a Little Something-Something
We know, we know, it is still Dry January. However, for the ones among us who are in need of a an extra dose of energy – there is nothing wrong with adding a splash of liquor. We’d suggest white rum but hey, we’ll drink to anything that floats your boat.
Cheers from all of us at paul&ernst!
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