Sweetened Dried Blood Orange Slices are a nice addition to cocktails, mocktails, muesli and cereals. Or so I hear – I’ve only ever had them in cocktails. If you know me, this news will be no surprise.


Sweetened Dried Orange Slices by Diverse Dinners


Speaking as a cocktail connoisseur Sweetened Dried Blood Orange Slices are a real treat when added to cocktails. They go best with cocktails that have very distinct flavors, such as a Cosmopolitan, Negroni, or any spiced cocktail. I used Sweetened Dried Blood Orange Slices in my Mezcal Negroni recipe, it’s delicious. It’s a sophisticated cocktail, great for a dinner party, or dinner with bae.


Mezcal Negroni by Diverse Dinners


All you need is a couple of blood oranges, brown sugar and cinnamon and your trusty stove to make your very own Sweetened Dried Blood Orange Slices. Just slice the oranges as thin as you can, mix together the sugar with the cinnamon and sprinkle over the slices. Place in the oven on low heat and remove once dried. Simple!




Sweetened Dried Orange Slices by Diverse Dinners


When the weather is grim outside, or you just fancy a spiced or smoky cocktail, these babies are the perfect garnish. Once a slice is immersed in a drink the flavors become enhanced and it will taste much better for adding your own handmade Sweetened Dried Blood Orange Slice. Alternatively, create a fabulous mocktail for dinner al fresco and pop one in each glass.

You can apply this recipe to any citrus, so have fun and experiment. 


Yields Approx. 16 slices

Sweetened Dried Blood Orange Slices

10 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 10 Total Time

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  • 2 blood oranges
  • 3 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Equipment & Utensils
  • Mandolin or very sharp serrated pairing knife
  • Baking tray
  • Parchment paper


  1. Line baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and cinnamon and mix well then set aside.
  3. Slice oranges very thin using either a mandolin or a very sharp knife. The thinner the better.
  4. Lay out orange slices on the baking tray.
  5. Sprinkle slices with half of the quantity of cinnamon sugar. Save the rest for the other side of the oranges.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 200 and allow orange slices to slowly dehydrate.
  7. Turn after 1 hour and sprinkle with balance of cinnamon sugar and cook for another 1 hour.
  8. Once orange slices are nicely dried, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  9. Store in an airtight container.


If you do not own a mandolin, it is likely that your orange slices will be a little thicker. If that is the case, no worries, just leave them in the oven for longer, they will dehydrate, but the process will take a little longer.

Remember, if you're using a mandolin, watch your fingers, use the safety holder if you have one.