Homemade Orangeade

Two glasses of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

When life gives you oranges, make Homemade Orangeade! This simple orangeade recipe transforms freshly squeezed orange juice into a refreshing citrus beverage your family will ask for again and again.

During citrus season, I love to use every variety of citrus I can get my hands on. A bag of lemons becomes a classic Lemon Meringue Pie while juicy grapefruit combines with Avocado in a delicious citrus salad. Orange juice flavours this savoury spin on a Chinese takeout classic Orange Chicken. I love the mood lifting boost that citrus gives me during the dark cold days of winter.

Two glasses of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

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Homemade Orangeade

If you love lemonade and oranges… you are going to love this orangeade! It’s one of those recipes that becomes part of your regular recipe rotation once you realize how easy it is to make. Plus, it contains zero additives, and YOU control the amount (and type) of sugar added.

Homemade Orangeade is the tastiest way to turn the juice from a few freshly squeezed oranges into a refreshing beverage for your family. It takes minutes to make and uses minimal ingredients you probably already have on hand.

By the way, if you intend to squeeze your own juice, remove the zest first for a ‘no waste’ option. Here’s how to make orange extract to use in cocktails, iced tea, salad dressings and a few drops will add even more orange flavour to this orangeade.

Two glasses of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

While this post contains a basic recipe for homemade orangeade, it also contains fun suggestions for ‘mixing it up’. You can combine the orange juice with other fruits and flavours, use regular or carbonated soda water, infuse it with fresh herbs, add alternative sweeteners, or add an ounce or two of your favourite alcohol and enjoy it as a highball.

What is Orangeade?

Orangeade is a refreshing citrus drink made with minimal ingredients. In fact, all ‘ades’ contain some fresh fruit juice (cherry, lemon, lime, etc.) with the addition of water and some sort of sweetener. This combination of freshly squeezed orange juice with lemon juice, simple sugar syrup, and water is incredibly thirst quenching and nostalgic.

Ingredients required to make Homemade Orangeade.
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You might remember this tasty treat from your childhood if you are of a certain age. It rose to popularity as a carbonated beverage at old school American soda fountains and lunch counters.

Luckily you don’t have to travel through time to enjoy a glass of old-fashioned orangeade… just follow this easy recipe to make it at home. Swap out the still water and use soda water for a bubbly treat. It’s such an economical way to serve your family a little bit of sunshine in a glass.

Simple syrup in a saucepan.

Orangeade Ingredients

Here’s what you need to make this recipe!

  • Orange Juice
  • Lemons
  • Sugar
  • Honey
  • Water

Honestly, this recipe tastes best when made with freshly squeezed orange juice. However, it is also a great way to make a can of frozen orange juice stretch farther. Since a typical 12 oz (355 ml) can of frozen orange juice makes about 6 cups of juice, you can make 18 cups simply by tripling this recipe.

Orange juice and simple syrup mixture in a saucepan.

Adding fresh lemon juice makes homemade orangeade flavourful and counteracts the sweetness from the simple syrup. You can omit the lemon juice if you like. However, I do not suggest replacing it with lemon juice from a bottle.

This recipe contains water in the simple syrup plus additional water. I recommend using regular tap water to make the simple syrup. Use regular tap water for the additional measure of water or substitute soda water for a fizzy treat.

While this orangeade recipe calls for granulated white sugar and a bit of honey, feel free to substitute with your favourite alternative sweetener.

A glass of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

Why Simple Syrup is Important for this Recipe

Are you up for a quick explanation of a very simple but fun bit of kitchen chemistry? If you are wondering why simple syrup is necessary in this recipe, read on to find out why.

Though it may seem like an extra step or complication in this easy recipe, the primary function of simple syrup is to ensure the orangeade remains evenly sweetened. If you add granulated sugar and water directly to the cold juice, the sugar will sink to the bottom of the pitcher.

However, when you heat them together, the sugar dissolves and remains suspended within the water as it cools. You can then add this simple suspension (aka simple syrup) to a cold liquid and the sugar will stay dissolved, ensuring even sweetness throughout the beverage.

A glass pitcher filled with vibrant homemade orangeade.

How to Make Homemade Orangeade

All it takes is five ingredients, a bit of squeezing, and a whole lot of mixing to whip up your very own pitcher of liquid sunshine.

The first step is making the simple syrup. If you have never done this before… don’t worry! It’s called simple syrup for a reason. By the way, you can cut your orangeade prep time by making the simple syrup ahead of time. Store it in the fridge for up to 4 weeks and feel free to use it in cocktails and other iced drinks.

A glass of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water together in a large saucepan. Heat the sugar mixture over medium heat until the mixture simmers and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the honey and remove saucepan from heat. Allow it to cool to room temperature before using or refrigerating.

Next, place the fresh orange juice, lemon juice, and remaining 2 cups water in a serving pitcher. Sweeten to taste with the simple syrup. Stir the mixture until well combined. Refrigerate the orangeade until it is chilled through.

Serve over ice in glasses garnished with orange slices and sprigs of fresh mint.

A glass pitcher filled with vibrant homemade orangeade.

Orangeade Variations

There are so many delicious ways to play with this simple recipe. Make it your own by adding or substituting your favourite flavours.

  1. Change up the citrus. Make it a one-two citrus punch by blending two or more different kinds of citrus fruit juices.
  2. Experiment with orange varieties like Tangerines, Clementines, Blood Oranges, and even Bergamots if you can find them.
  3. Go beyond citrus by adding other fruit juices such as cranberry, cherry, or raspberry. Or, make homemade Five Alive by combining orange juice with grape juice, grapefruit juice, raspberry and strawberry juice!
  4. Mix in sparkling water or soda water instead of regular tap water for a carbonated orangeade.
  5. Use fresh herbs such as mint or lavender as more than garnish. Muddle then mix them directly into the orangeade or infuse them into the simple syrup.
  6. Use orangeade in a highball by adding 1-2 oz of vodka, rum, or gin per serving.
A glass of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.
PInterest image of a pitcher and glass of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

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Yield: serves 4-5

Homemade Orangeade

A glass of bright homemade orangeade garnished with orange wheels and green sprigs of fresh mint.

When life gives you oranges, make Homemade Orangeade! This simple orangeade recipe transforms freshly squeezed orange juice into a refreshing citrus breakfast beverage.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 3 cups water; divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 lemons; juiced
  • fresh mint leaves and orange slices for garnish


  1. Make a simple syrup: Add 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a large saucepan. Heat them on medium high heat until the mixture simmers and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the honey and remove saucepan from heat. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Add the fresh orange juice, lemon juice, and remaining water to a serving pitcher. Stir the mixture until well combined.
  3. Add simple syrup to taste. Stir again then refrigerate until chilled.
  4. Serve in glasses garnished with an orange wheel and sprig of mint.


  • Feel free to reduce the amount of sugar to your liking or omit the honey.
  • Strain the freshly squeezed orange juice to remove pulp if desired.
  • Mix fresh mint into the pitcher for additional flavour.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 237Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 61gFiber: 2gSugar: 55gProtein: 1g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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  1. Ramona

    I bumped into this recipe and had to make it. A keeper!! Wonderful, wonderful flavors and so refreshing! It looks incredible too!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Great to hear! We made another pitcher full this weekend too.

  2. Claire

    What a wonderfully refreshing drink! I love both lemonade and orange juice but have never tried them together. I’m definitely going to have to give this a try.


    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s a great combination because the lemon juice keeps the Orangeade from becoming overly sweet.

  3. Mindy

    I made this for a brunch bridal shower and it was so refreshing and delicious. Everyone was asking where I bought it from! For once I can tell them I actually made it


    1. Bernice Hill

      Great idea. I bet it’s great with bubbly as an orangeade mimosa!

  4. Dennis

    This took me back to my childhood. I saw the recipe and new I had to make it and it did not disappoint!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Glad you enjoyed the old school Orangeade Dennis, thank you for letting me know.

  5. Natalia

    It was delicious , I felt like I was going back to my childhood, my mom makes this every year on my birthday , it is awesome!!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Awww that’s so sweet! You have the best mom!

  6. Tammy

    Oooh the hint of honey is lovely. This is a nice drink to start your day on…bright and full of vitamin c! Definitely squeezing up a batch this weekend ^_^


    1. Bernice Hill

      Excellent…I hope you enjoyed this tasty treat Tammy!

  7. Veronika

    Such a simple and delicious drink! We love to top it with sparkling water to make it into a sort of homemade soda.


    1. Bernice Hill

      Great idea! That’s the old school soda shop way.

  8. Kristen

    This orangeade is sunshine in a glass! I’m going to make it this weekend, but this time I’ll be adding Vodka for a little weekend cocktail. So delicious.


    1. Bernice Hill

      Ooooh yes, three cheers for ‘adulting’. It’s also delicious as a mimosa…

  9. Veronika

    Such an easy and refreshing drink! Going to make it this weekend for our big family brunch 😉


    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope everyone enjoys it and you get in some great family time Veronika!

  10. Marie B

    Oh, man! This picture makes me so thirsty! I’m due for some extra fresh Vitamin C! I saw to experiment with Bergamote… I have no clue what it looks like… but sounds interesting. Thanks for the lovely recipe.


    1. Bernice Hill

      I found a few fresh bergamot at Christmas time. There are a few kinds but the one I had was like a smooth lime but rounder because I think it’s related more to oranges.

  11. Sean

    I love the combination of orange and lemon. It gives the orange a little bit of tartness which is wonderful! This was such a great drink.


    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes, I think without the lemon it would be too sweet. I would recommend cutting down the sugar then.

  12. nancy

    What a beautiful happy drink to have! this sunshine in a glass is the perfect solution to wake up to!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Hip hip hooray for citrus season!

  13. Alexandra

    How delicious and refreshing this is – I love making the most of citrus during the Winter, and I can also imagine enjoying a glass of this on a warmer day. Keen to try with blood oranges as per your recommendation too!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Me too, I think the colour would be so neat to see.

  14. Andrea

    Love how refreshing this turned out! Perfect for pairing with lunch!


    1. Bernice Hill

      It sure is! Even in the middle of winter it’s nice to have a tasty refreshment.

  15. Debra

    Mmm….like the orange version of lemonade. So refreshing!


  16. Tyanne

    Loved this! I don’t know why it’s not as popular as lemonade.


    1. Bernice Hill

      Me neither! I had to make another batch today, I can’t keep up!

  17. Tina

    I love orangeade as a kid and am so happy to use this recipe to make it again! Love how easy to follow your recipe is!


    1. Bernice Hill

      Enjoy this trip down memory lane!

  18. Colleen

    “Sunshine in a glass” is a perfect description for this delicious drink. Just what we needed in the middle of winter here. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Bernice Hill

      It is a mood lifter for sure. Thanks for stopping by Colleen.

  19. Enri Lemoine

    My grandma used to do her orangeade exactly like yours. I’m making this today with Cara Cara oranges and probably will substitute sugar for monk fruit. Thanks for bringing up to me good memories of my childhood.


    1. Bernice Hill

      Great substitution Enri. Please let me know how it goes!

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