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Orange Lemonade

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
  • Makes
    12 servings (3 quarts)


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


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar and 2-1/2 cups water; cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Cool slightly.
  • Stir in citrus zest and juices. Let stand, covered, 1 hour. Strain syrup; refrigerate, covered, until cold.
  • To serve, fill glasses or pitcher with equal amounts of fruit syrup and water. Add ice and serve.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 136 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (33g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Kelly
    Apr 3, 2020

    This was so good! There second time I made it I added strawberries that I mixed with water, sugar, simmered in a pot, and blitzed with a bullet. This was perfect as is or with the strawberry. YUM!

  • hchambers
    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.

  • Teresanne
    Dec 5, 2012

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  • Karen.Buske
    Aug 30, 2012

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

  • lizutter
    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
    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
    May 26, 2012

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

  • aarti
    May 24, 2012

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

  • LynnRoseT
    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
    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.