This lemon-orange lemonade is very easy to make, super quick, and loaded with delicious refreshing flavors. It is perfect for a hot summer day and will be a great addition to any picnic, lunch, or barbeque.
Take a look at the variations section to see how you can keep making this lemonade uniquely and avoid it becoming repetitive. And let me know what you think about it in the comments below!
How Healthy Is This Lemon-Orange Lemonade?
This juice is extremely low in calories. A single serving contains about 100 calories in total. Besides that, oranges and lemons have a wide range of health benefits. They are extremely nutrient-dense.
Oranges contain a notable amount of vitamin A, a ton of vitamin C, and a good amount of calcium and potassium. It is also completely fat-free, contains very little protein, but has a good amount of carbohydrates.
Lemons are also very nutrient-dense and high in vitamins. They are higher in fat, protein, and carbs. But they contain slightly less sugar and fiber.
Overall, this lemon-orange lemonade isn’t very high in sugar. And, if you want to, you can even remove it completely. But I like to add some to help balance an otherwise very tart and sour flavor.
Variations Of This Lemon-Orange Lemonade Recipe
While I personally love this lemon and orange lemonade recipe as-is, there are many changes that you can make to it. Some are very easy and straightforward while others may require a little experimenting.
So, the biggest question I am likely to get is whether you can use a different type of citrus fruit. The short answer is yes. Most of them will work really well together because they belong to the same family.
You can use grapefruits, blood oranges, limes, and tangerines. Each of these will naturally create a slightly different flavor profile. You may also need to adjust the sweetness of the recipe accordingly.
You can also add some other fruit to this drink. But this may change it from a lemonade to a mixed fruit juice. It’s still tasty, and I recommend playing around with some of these flavors.
Fruits like cranberries, pomegranates, grapes, red apples, pears, pineapples, peaches, and strawberries are all great additions. You will need to puree and strain these ingredients to create a pulp-free juice that will blend seamlessly with the lemon-orange lemonade.
Some other flavors that will go great with this recipe include mint, honey, and fennel.
You can substitute the cold water with cold club soda or sparkling water too. And you would be surprised to taste how good lemon-lime soda pairs with this recipe (again, instead of the water). But keep in mind that some of these substitutions will make the lemonade less healthy.
If you want to make this a boozy lemonade, add some gin, white vodka, white rum, or tequila.
Tips For Making My Homemade Lemon-Orange Lemonade
- Do not use store-bought lemon juice or orange juice. These products are often loaded with added sugars and chemical ingredients (like colorants, preservatives, and stabilizers). Using freshly squeezed juice will give you the best texture, most authentic flavor, and most nutrients.
- If you want to still add sweetness without the calories, use a calorie-free sugar substitute. Stevia is the best option here because it is relatively affordable and easy to find. For this amount of sugar, you only need to add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon of Stevia.
- If your fresh juice has some pulp in it that you don’t like, strain it through a fine-meshed sieve.
- To get the most juice out of the lemons and oranges, you may need to slightly heat them inside the microwave. Only 10-seconds is needed. This will heat the fleshly sacks that hold the juice. When you squeeze the fruit, it will burst a lot easier and release a lot more juice.
Is it healthy to mix orange and lemon juice?
While it isn’t well-known, some fruit combinations are actually extremely unhealthy because of how your body reacts to the combination of them. Orange and lemon juice are perfectly fine to mix and serve together. They help enhance the others flavors and create a good balance of sweet and tangy flavors.
What is a Henry?
This is a popular drink made from orange juice and lemonade. The difference between a Henry and today’s lemon-orange lemonade is that we combine the elements together from the get-go. It’s not an assembled drink. And it’s less sweet than a traditional Henry. There are also many alcoholic versions of this drink.
What are orange juice and lemonade called?
Other than a Henry (which is a specific drink containing these elements), the combination of these ingredients makes a drink called Saint Clements. This comes from an old nursery rhyme called Oranges and Lemons.
How do you store lemon-orange lemonade?
The best place to keep this refreshing drink is inside the fridge, preferably in a jug or jar that can breathe. Don’t leave this drink for longer than a day. The flavors will change quite a lot as it sits, and some people don’t like it the next day. I also don’t recommend freezing lemonade. It is really best made and served fresh.
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Lemon-Orange Lemonade – A Refreshing Easy Summer Drink
- 3-4 cups cold water
- ¼ cup granulated white sugar
- 2 1/2 fresh lemons, reserve remaining half
- 2 1/2 fresh oranges, reserve remaining half
- 2 1/2 cups ice cubes
- Combine 1/2 cup of cold water with the granulated white sugar in a small saucepan.
- Place the mixture over medium-low heat. Mix slowly until all of the sugar has dissolved. Set it aside to cool for about 20-30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, squeeze the lemons and oranges. Place their juice into a large jug.
- Once the sugar syrup has cooled, add it to the lemon and orange juice mixture. Stir the ingredients well to combine them.
- Next, top the jug up with more cold water and add the ice cubes.
- Garnish your lemon-orange lemonade with slices of the remaining fruit and serve it immediately.