we live in florida, at least for now, and we make the most of our never-ending supply of local, fresh produce. i’m not sure if there’s been a week go by that we don’t have a bowl of florida oranges in the big wooden bowl on the kitchen island.
when Florida Department of Citrus contacted me to offer a mini-cookbook giveaway for readers, i was excited to participate, because citrus is one of my favorite “food groups,” whether as a snack or a recipe addition.
the cookbook is full of innovative ways to cook with citrus, including recipes like crispy gator salad (of course a floridian would name that!), beef short ribs (oh, my husband’s dream dish) with florida orange texas-style barbecue sauce, and florida citrus-peach mint julep (oh, my, southern-girl-heaven).
in the afternoons, i often hit a slump and get a desperate craving for coffee and sugar (i’m working on adding more protein through the day to help with that!), but this coffee frappe finished off my craving with a pop of citrus.
the original recipe calls for sugar and orange juice; we opted for fresh oranges we juiced, and replaced the sugar with raw honey. i highly recommend this switch – the honey adds nutritional value and a deep sweetness that brings so much more to the flavor!
here is our version of the recipe. would you like the original? enter to win a cookbook from Florida Department of Citrus below!
from their words:
· Drinking just one 8-ounce glass of 100% orange juice has no added sugar and is an excellent natural source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, a key nutrient that helps support a healthy immune system/overall health.
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1-2 cups ice, as needed
- 1 tablespoon caramel (or this primal caramel sauce)
- 2 cups strong coffee
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Add ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed.
- Begin with one cup ice, and add up to two cups, stopping blender, as needed.
- To serve, pour into two chilled glasses.
- Frappe will naturally "settle" into layers of color as it sits.
- If you prefer, stir with a spoon to combine layers.