3 Ways to Wake up with Orange Blossom Water

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A little orange blossom water can refresh your outlook as well as your palate. These three recipes add zing to your day!

Orange blossom water (sometimes called orange flower or bitter orange hydrosol) is the byproduct after essential oil has been distilled from making neroli or orange blossom oil. Orange blossom water has an intensely floral and citrus taste—almost like perfume. And, like fragrance, a little goes quite a long way: use too much and you've just ruined your drink or dish. Just the right amount, however, can balance sweetness, making the resulting recipe taste more complex and layered.

But the value of orange blossom water doesn’t end in the kitchen. A few great uses for this delicate product include:

  • Use as a facial toner: it’s perfect for sensitive skin because it’s only mildly astringent
  • Add interest to adult beverages: it pairs especially well with gin
  • Try a drop in carrot juice. Carrots and orange blossom water join up nicely
  • Sprinkle a few drops into your ice cube tray to jazz up your water
  • Sprinkle over a classic ambrosia or fruit salad, then dust with cinnamon
  • Try ¼ teaspoon in your hot chocolate, coffee, or mocha beverage
  • Put several drops into your air humidifier to gently scent the air. Flower waters are generally uplifting to the spirit
  • Put a drop or two into chamomile or lemon verbena tea
  • Place a drop behind your ear for a subtle—and natural—cologne
  • Put a drop or two in your Warrior Blend chocolate smoothie. It’s up to you whether or not you also add in a little cinnamon!
  • Orange blossom water will keep a long time when tightly sealed and stored in a cool place. Refrigeration is not necessary.


Lemonade with Orange Blossom and Mint

Slightly layered flavors are complex but refreshing.

Yield: 5 cups


  • 4 cups warm purified water
  • 1/3 cup honey (can use agave nectar as substitute)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon orange blossom water


Add honey to warm water and stir to dissolve. Pour into a large glass jar; add lemon juice, lightly crushed mint leaves and orange blossom water. Chill. Serve over ice with a lemon or orange slice


White Coffee

orange_cinnamon_water_picInvented in Lebanon, this drink couldn't be simpler to make. It’s a clean and relaxing caffeine-free alternative to coffee.

Yield: 1 serving


  • 1 cup hot purified water
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon honey; use orange blossom honey if available (substitute with agave nectar)


Combine ingredients and serve with an orange wedge or cinnamon stick.


Nectarine, Clementine, and Orange Blossom Drink

A trio of citrus flavors to wake up your morning...or anytime.

Yield: 1 serving

Equipment: Juicer


  • 2 nectarines, peeled, pitted
  • 3 clementines, peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water


Run citrus through the juicer and pour into a glass. Stir in orange blossom water and serve immediately.

Water is versatile! Give rose water a try too!

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