This hot orange drink is perfect for those days with a need for some extra vitamin C, or you just feel like drinking something sweet and spicy. It’s spicy from the chili, sweet from the orange and just so fresh and perfectly tart with the lime. And all this is put together in less than 5 minutes!
Hot orange drink is something I drink whenever I have an open carton of orange juice and don’t want it to go to waste, or if I have a ton of fresh oranges. If I want something spicy to drink, if I’m sick of drinking a million cups of tea every day but I still want something hot (and I’m no coffee drinker). So yeah, I get my fair share of this hot orange drink from time to time. Especially during these cold Winter months!
Orange is filled with Vitamin C, which is exactly what we need now. And I’m not saying this is a health drink, as it does contain sugar. But it’s so much better than many other sugary drinks. I do drink this without any guilt. You can omit the brown sugar as there already is sugar in the orange, but then I think the drink is a little too much on the tart side. If you reduce the lime that may work for you.
You can of course change the spice level as to your own preference. I like things spicy so I leave in the seeds. It also depends a little on the chili you used. A cayenne chili is much spicier than say a serrano or a jalapeño. However, if you’ve got a really bad sore throat, I would recommend changing the chili with ginger. Use 1 tsp minced fresh ginger instead, and you will still get that spicy kick!
How to make this Hot Orange Drink
Mince your chili of choice (or ginger). Zest the orange. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat on medium heat until sugar has dissolved, while stirring. Strain into your favorite cup, serve warm. It’s so easy I almost can’t call it a recipe!
Other Drinks To Enjoy
- Sore Throat Tea with Honey and Ginger
- Warming Rich and Decadent Hot Chocolate
- Scandinavian Mulled Wine
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Sweet and Spicy Hot Orange Drink with Chili and Lime
- 1 cup orange juice or enough to fill your favorite cup
- 1/2 lime juice only
- zest from half an orange
- 1 tsp chili minced. serrano for mild, cayenne for hot *
- 1 tsp brown sugar I tend to heap it
- Mince your chili of choice (or ginger, see notes). Zest the orange. Add all the ingredients to a small saucepan. Heat on medium heat until sugar has dissolved, while stirring.
- Strain into your favorite cup, and serve warm.