Every year DH and I attend the York Fair – and really, for only two reasons: food and drink!

We especially tend to go through a lot of orangeade. It’s generally sold by Kohr’s, and I think it’s pretty common on the east coast at fairs and such.

Anyway….since we got flooded out during the week of the fair this year, we agreed we had too much work to do to attend. But we were both bummed about missing the orangeade!

Internet to the rescue. I did a little research, and then settled on this recipe. We’d lost our big Jack LaLanne juicer in the flood, so I just bought a cheapie, $8 electric citrus juicer to get all the juice out….worth every penny. I doubled the recipe…and that’s a whole lot of oranges to juice!

Doubling the below recipe gave me right around 1 gallon of orangeade…which we enjoyed throughout the week. I can’t believe it never occurred to me to make this at home!


(Taylor Takes a Taste)

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (6 oranges or so)
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (I omitted this, but it’ll change the depth of flavor)

Cooking Directions

In a large pot over medium heat, dissolve one cup of sugar into one cup of water. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved, creating a simple syrup. Turn heat to low.

Add 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice (about 6 oranges) and lemon juice to the simple syrup. Stir.

Add 3 cups water. Remove from heat and stir.

Pour Orangeade into a serving container and keep refrigerated. Serve cold over ice.

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