This is my mom’s (and dad!) recipe. I don’t make it every single year, but yesterday in the craziness of the Holiday Season I thought it would be fitting. It seems every year, I think I am ready, that I have thought of every possible details. Yet every year, I feel I should be locked up in a crazy house a few days before Christmas.
I also have to say that every year something or someone throws me a curve ball that makes this madness even more real!
All that being said, I do love this time of year. I love having family around and I truly believe in the more the merrier. I picked up my sister-in-law from the airport a few days ago, my father-in-law decided to drive this year and so he has arrived (with what I would call a cargo truck full of “stuff”!) Part of this stuff was BOXES of oranges for everyone. So, when life (or your father-in-law) gives you oranges, you make an Orange Salad….filled with booze!
12 oranges (clementines won’t work)
2 cups orange juice (fresh or I use store-bought)
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup white rum (a BIG 1/2 cup….)
Zest 2 oranges
1/4 cup shredded coconut
In a large saucepan heat your orange juice, sugar, rum and orange zest. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat to medium, let this simmer for about 5 minutes. Let cool while you prepare your oranges.
Do not peel your oranges but using a knife carefully remove the peel from the oranges trying to keep the circular shape as best as possible. (see pic) Slice your oranges (1/4 to 1/2 inch thick) and arrange/lay in a bowl. I like to use a glass punch bowl but you can certainly use whatever dish you like.
Pour your warm drunken orange juice over your oranges. Top with coconut. Cover with clear wrap and put in your fridge to cool/marinate/get to know each other, at least 1-2 hours.
I am not a rum drinker (shocking) but I do LOVE the taste of this salad, it is so delicious, fresh and a perfectly lovely Holiday dessert.
Note: In case you were wondering: NO there is no substitute for the rum!
Printer friendly: Holiday Orange Salad
Peace and “one more trip to the store should do it”,