Have you got oranges and lemons? Squeeze them to make the best homemade orangeade drink. This is a healthier version, it is naturally sweetened. Get your hit of vitamin C and quench your thirst with this refreshing drink.
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Why You'll Love This Recipe
- This homemade orangeade is refreshing and hydrating, a perfect thirst quencher, especially on a hot day. The combination of freshly squeezed citrus juices and cold water provides a crisp and revitalizing drink.
- The recipe uses all-natural ingredients – oranges, lemons, and a touch of maple syrup for sweetness. It's free from artificial additives, colors, and excessive sugars.
- You have control over the sweetness level. Whether you prefer a slightly tangy or a sweeter flavor, you can adjust the amount of sweetener to suit your taste preferences.
- Oranges and lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C, known for its immune-boosting properties.
- The recipe is versatile – you can modify the quantities of ingredients to make a single serving or a larger batch. Plus, it's incredibly easy to make.
Ingredients You'll Need
Notes on some of the ingredients, the full list of ingredients and their measurements can be found in the recipe card below.
- Fresh oranges and lemons, I like to use organic when possible. The juice will be freshly squeezed. You use the pulp too if you like.
- Maple syrup is the natural sweetener used in this recipe. You can add as much of this ingredient as you like.
- Filtered water or soda water and ice cubes
How to Make Orangeade
Prepare the Oranges and Lemons. Wash the oranges and lemons thoroughly under cold water. Use a citrus juicer to extract the juice from the oranges and lemon. You can do this with a manual juicer or an electric juicer (affiliate links).
Mix the juice in a pitcher (affiliate link) and combine the freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice.
Sweeten the orangeade by adding the maple syrup (affiliate link) to the pitcher. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of sweetness.
Pour in the cold water, depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Start with less water and adjust to your taste. Stir the mixture well until the sweetener is fully dissolved.
Serve by adding ice and garnish, drop a few ice cubes into a glass, and garnish if you like, with some orange or lemon skin.
Use ice only in your cups rather than in the pitcher, this will ensure the orangeade doesn't dilute.
Add other citrus fruits to the juice blend, try it with lime, lemonade, tangelo, and so forth.
Add some fresh herbs to the juice, think mint or basil.
Pour the juice into an airtight jug and keep the orangeade in the fridge for up to five days. Stir before serving as there may be some separation.
More Cold Beverages
Otherwise start your day with a cold foamed coffee.
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Healthier Homemade Orangeade
- 7 medium Oranges
- 1 large Lemon
- 5 tablespoons Maple syrup
- 4 cups Filtered water or soda water
- 1 Ice for serving
- Wash the oranges and lemons thoroughly under cold water. Use a citrus juicer to extract the juice from the orange and the lemon. You can do this with a manual juicer or an electric juicer.7 medium Oranges, 1 large Lemon
- Mix the juice in a pitcher, and combine the freshly squeezed orange and lemon juice. Sweeten the orangeade by stirring through the maple syrup to the pitcher. Adjust the amount based on your desired level of sweetness.5 tablespoons Maple syrup
- Pour in the cold water, depending on how strong you want the flavor to be. Start with less water and adjust to your taste. Stir the mixture well until the sweetener is fully dissolved.4 cups Filtered water
- Drop a few ice cubes into a glass, and garnish with some orange or lemon skin or herbs (optional)1 Ice
N.B., nutrition info is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. This will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.
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