Fresh Squeezed Orangeade

Monday, June 2, 2014

One of my favorite hangouts in the little North Carolina town we grew up in is Cole's Pharmacy. This old-time drug store is one of the few that still has a fountain at the front where you can get a hot dog or a grilled cheese, but mainly, there is "the Orangeade."  

For those of you are unfamiliar with the term, (I know I have introduced a few to this orange-y goodness!) it is like lemonade, but it is made with oranges.


On our recent trip to Florida, we hit every tourist trap (much to the delight of the hubby, I'm sure) and came away with a few gators (both chocolate and stuffed) and quite a few oranges.  To use up all the oranges, I found this awesome recipe and have made a batch every week since then.  It's almost as good as sweet tea for front porch sittin'!

Orangeade
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups white sugar
6 cups water
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  1. Bring 2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook at a boil for 3 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar, and creating a simple syrup.
  2. Combine simple syrup, 6 cups water, orange juice, and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Refrigerate until cold.
For your grocery store run, you are going to need 6 oranges and 2 lemons.  This is super easy and it makes a lot - about half a gallon. Enjoy!

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