DIY: Homemade Orange Soda

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Make Your Own Orange SodaTired of corn syrup and artificial flavor? Lusting for the real thing? Try making it yourself! Make orange syrup and mix with seltzer as-needed rather than a big batch at once.


1 cup fresh juice (about 2 navel oranges)
zest from 2 navel oranges
2 cups cane sugar
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon citric acid


Using a microplane, gather the zest of the oranges. You’ll want to be careful not to get any of the white pith — it makes your soda quite bitter.

Juice the oranges. You can strain out or keep the pulp according to your taste.

In a medium saucepan add the sugar, water, citric acid along with the juice and zest. Bring it to a boil the reduce the heat to low. You want the lowest simmer. Cook for 15 minutes.

Remove from the head and allow the syrup to cool. Strain into a bottle and refrigerate. Since you’ve used citric acid, you can easily store in the refrigerator for 4 months or more. (Although I don’t know anyone that could resist that long!)

To build an Orange Soda, mix 1 part syrup with 3 parts carbonated water. You can use store bought seltzer or do as we do and carbonate your own with a Soda Stream!

Adapted from and thanks to Serious Eats
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