My Homemade Lemonade is something I’ve been making all summer long, it is so good! Literally when we’re out and Delaney opens the fridge, he gets sad because the pitcher is not in there! So, when we came home with a bunch of fresh lemons and oranges from our Petaluma trip, I thought I would make a Homemade Orageade because I had so many oranges.
This is just like my Homemade Lemonade recipe, but instead I use oranges. This light and sweet orange drink is perfect on hot day over ice. Or you can use it as a mixer for cocktails as well.
Tips for Making the Best Homemade Orangeade
• All fresh oranges will taste a little different. Some may be sweeter, some may be more tart, it just depends on the oranges and where you got them. If you have really sweet oranges, you may need to add more water to this, and if you have oranges that are less sweet you may need less water. So, I’d advise starting with the 4 cups, tasting a little spoonful and then adding the last 1 cup, then tasting, and then if you need more water for you likeness, go in 1/2 cup increments until you get the amount of sweetness you desire. This is also a great recipe to make with oranges that are not sweet enough to eat!
• I use organic cane sugar in this recipe. I like Florida Crystals or Wholesome the best, but even your grocery store brand like the O Organics one from Vons is really good. I highly recommend using organic cane sugar here as it is not as sweet as conventional granulated white sugar and I think it makes for a much better tasting and healthier drink.
• I like to add fresh orange slices into the pitcher and the glasses for serving. This is optional, but I feel like adding this to the pitcher enhances the flavor over the few days that it may sit in the fridge.
Why use organic ingredients in this recipe? You all know I’m a huge organic advocate, and I bet you may be thinking sometimes, Why would I even bother to use organic ingredients in something that is so sweet and indulgent? But, that is the exact reason why you should use organic ingredients! Sweet things need to have flavor in order to be good, otherwise they are just sweet and they don’t taste like much else. Organic ingredients are more pure than conventional ones, therefore they actually have more flavor than the non organic options. Say it with me, organic means more flavor! And not just more flavor but a more true and pure flavor. And organic ingredients are much healthier for you to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients!
So, I highly recommend that you buy the best organic ingredients for this recipe! You can also shop my Amazon Storefront for all my favorite organic ingredients here. Tip – hover over each ingredient to see the name. And if you want to learn more about organic foods and the difference, read my post here on Food Labels and What They Mean.
Homemade OrangeadeDifficulty: Easy
If you like lemonade, then you will this Homemade Orangeade! Made with fresh oranges, this is a drink you’ll want to make all year long!
113 grams (1/2 cup) organic cane sugar
5 1/2 cup waters
1 1/4 cups fresh organic orange juice (about 4 to 6 oranges depending on size)
1 organic orange
- In a small saucepan, add 1/2 cup of water and the cane sugar. Put over medium heat and stir with a spatula or whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
- Juice the oranges and add the orange juice and simple syrup into a large pitcher. Add in the remaining 5 cups of water and stir to combine completely.
- Slice the additional orange, and place slices in the pitcher or in the glasses for serving.
- High Altitude — Follow the recipe as noted.
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