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Citrus and spice pitcher recipe

Citrus and spice pitcher recipe

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We've upgraded a simple vodka and orange-inspired cocktail with a warm, spiced syrup. This is a summer sharing tipple to impress! See method

  • Serves 6
  • Takes 10 mins, plus steeping
  • 225 calories / serving
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • ice cubes
  • 35cl bottle vodka
  • 500ml smooth orange juice
  • 1 orange, sliced, to serve

For the spiced syrup

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick​
  • strip of orange peel
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    24g 26%
  • Salt

    trace 0%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24.2g Protein 0.7g Fibre 0.8g


  1. To make the syrup, put the sugar, star anise, cinnamon, orange peel and 100ml water in a saucepan. Put over a medium heat for 2-3 mins, until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and set aside to steep and cool (about 15 mins). Once cool, remove the whole spices and peel; stir in the vanilla extract.
  2. Pour the spiced syrup into a large jug with a few handfuls of ice, the vodka and orange juice. Stir to combine, then add the orange slices to serve.

Tip: Make this 1-2 hrs ahead, leaving out the ice and orange slices until serving, and store in the fridge.

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