This adds a citrusy sweet touch to any drink, baked goods or even frosting! Plus it only requires three ingredients.
You can prepare it for a quick, citrusy drink or mocktail then save some for making that chocolate orange cake extra moist.
This sweetener is tart and fruity. It is a great addition to anything you are making, baking or drinking. I especially love to add it to these mocktails…
- Non-alcoholic mimosa mocktail
- Prosecco drink
- Blackberry lemonade
- Non-alcoholic gin and tonic
- Lavender lemonade
- Grapefruit mocktail
It’s also a lovely touch when splashed into our Thanksgiving mocktails or crockpot apple cider and is the perfect way to add flavor to ice cream. I’ve even used it on french toast in place of boring old maple syrup.
Another interesting use for this homemade orange syrup is in an orange vinaigrette salad dressing. Normally you would use orange juice or orange zest, but using this syrup would give it some extra flair.
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Can I use any sugar?
Any sugar can be used for this orange simple syrup recipe. From plain white sugar to cane sugar to coconut sugar and date sugar to raw sugar, they all work great!
You can even give this recipe a go using our brown sugar simple syrup instructions for a bit more of a warm caramel flavor. Or get floral and fruity by combining it with our rose simple syrup!
What ingredients you will need
With just few things and a couple of minutes, you can make this delicious and fresh sweetener with just a hint of citrus.
We use the following ingredients…
- Fresh orange
How to make it
- Add 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a medium saucepan and whisk well until sugar dissolves.
- Add 1 fresh sliced orange, no need to remove the orange peels or the white pith
- Bring to a gentle boil on medium-high heat, whisking occasionally then remove from heat and let steep for 45 minutes
- Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bottle, making sure to push down the fruit as you strain
- Let the mixture cool before using or storing your bottle of orange simple syrup
And that’s it! Equal parts sugar and water with some oranges, a super easy way to make your own simple syrup at home.
What type of oranges should I use?
Any orange from the grocery store works great but cara cara are one of my favorites. Blood oranges are much more rich in color and provide a bit of different orange flavor. Valencia and Jaffa also work great!
How do you store it?
It can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator, whichever you prefer. You can use a glass or plastic container just be sure it is cooled before pouring if you are going to use plastic.
Does it need to be refrigerated?
Simple syrup does not need to be refrigerated. It handles well at room temperature.
How long do infused blends last?
You can keep infused blends like our rosemary simple syrup for 1-2 weeks at room temperature or 3 weeks to a 1 month in the refrigerator. Once it starts to get cloudy or discolored, it is no longer good.
These other easy recipes can also be made with fresh or frozen fruit…
- Raspberry Simple Syrup
- Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Strawberry Simple Syrup
- Peach Simple Syrup
- Blueberry Simple Syrup
More simple syrups…
- Simple Syrup (Easy and Classic)
- Lavender simple syrup
- Rose Simple Syrup
- Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Jalapeno Simple Syrup
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Orange Simple Syrup
- 1 C water
- 1 C sugar
- 1 large orange
- Add 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a pan and whisk well
- Add 1 sliced orange
- Bring to a boil whisking occasionally then remove from heat and let steep for 45 minutes
- Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer into a glass bottle, making sure to push down the pulp as you strain
Oh my goodness! This syrup is so delicious. I poured it over some fresh slices of grapefruit and it was heavenly.
Oh I love that idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂