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Orange Lemonade Recipe

Orange Lemonade Recipe

This juice is a favorite at our place. I'll often double the batch and send a jar next door to my mother-in-law! I was looking for a way to sweeten lemonade without using more sugar when I came up with the recipe. —Wendy Masters, Grand Valley, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 5 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
  • 1-1/2 cups lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
  • 1-1/2 cups orange juice (about 5 oranges)
  • 6 cups cold water


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar and 2-1/2 cups water; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly.
  • 2. Stir in citrus peels and juices. Let stand, covered, 1 hour. Strain syrup; refrigerate, covered, until cold.
  • 3. To serve, fill glasses or pitcher with an equal amount of fruit syrup and water. Add ice and serve. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 136 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (32g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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hchambers User ID: 7140928 248878
Reviewed May. 31, 2016

"My kids love lemonade so we are always willing to try different variations. This one was a real hit, it's a great balance of tangy and sweet."

Karen.Buske User ID: 6777614 37226
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Thanks "Travlnman02" for your wonderful input to help people with diabetis. Very helpful and taste good."

lizutter User ID: 6026351 12801
Reviewed May. 29, 2012

"I cooked the grated peels with the sugar and water.

Served it with vodka and come club soda.
It was a REAL hit."

vanillaluv User ID: 5350586 21278
Reviewed May. 28, 2012

"Made a batch this weekend and it was very good. Tangy and sweet. I pulled out my mother's old juice-o-matic and had a great time squeezing out all the yummy juice from the lemons and oranges. Will make another batch to keep in the fridge to make a glass at time."

beverly rytlewski User ID: 280623 12799
Reviewed May. 26, 2012

"I have been making lemonade like this for years. My mother made it for years before me."

aarti User ID: 6618556 13379
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"i love lemonade alot as i live in india and its vry hot love to try more recipes"

LynnRoseT User ID: 4148275 37386
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"I did not do the cooking thing. I just put the ingredients in a pitcher and stirred until the sgar was dissolved. Did not put the lemon and orange peel in it either. VERY GOOD my way."

wiliscat User ID: 1238432 12449
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"too much sugar...found a perfect lemonade that uses no sugar...juice 3 granny smith apples and 1/4 of a lemon.. peel and all into the juicer. Absolutley perfect and no sugar needed."

Travlnman02 User ID: 5805527 37467
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"While this recipe makes an excellent drink for those without Diabetes it should not be consumed by those who are diabetic or even pre-diabetic. For those whodiabetic make this one as I do for my wife who is diabetic. Get the packets or pouches made by Crystal Light and make the drink per packet instructions. Ad a NO Sugar Added Orange Juice without pulp and then just sweeten to taste with any of the diabetic friendly sweetners. We prefer Spenda, Truvia or Stevia. You can also purchase both the Lemonade mix and an orange mix by Crystal Light that have no sugar content and mix them together and then add just water and get a delicious drink. No need to add any sweetner to this combination. Makes for variety."

Aindia User ID: 6201823 5438
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"KarenMessenger -- the recipe is for a syrup. You mix the syrup with water to make the lemonade as it says at the end of the direction, you mix equal parts syrup (from the recipe) and water to make the lemonade. It sounds delightful, I may have to try it! :D"

colleenblue User ID: 4378371 38901
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"Can I use Splenda or Stevia in place of the sugar? I'm prediabetic and need to watch my carbs."

KarenMessenger User ID: 63215 37384
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"This recipe looks wonderful. I want to make it, but the amount of water is lacking in the recipe. How much water are other folks using? How much water does Taste of Home recommend?"

eldenden User ID: 2185548 38899
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"My MOM was making this back in the 50's, and I have been since I married in the 60's. Thanks for the memory flashback, it is delicious...."

SwimR4U User ID: 667872 11624
Reviewed May. 3, 2008

"I make a similar recipe that we love. In it, I take 1 container frozen lemonade concentrate, 1 tub Crystal Light lemonade flavor, and add those with enough water to fill a gallon jug. I then slice an orange or two and put them in the lemonade overnight. Instead of Crystal Light, you can use two frozen concentrates, but I am trying to diet, so...... I cut a few calories somewhere!"

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