Refreshing Southern Orangeade Recipe
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Southern Orangeade Recipe

Fresh and vibrant Southern Orangeade Recipe, just like grandmas used to make! This classic southern soda fountain favorite is a perfect beverage for summer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time13 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


  • 2 1/2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice from 6-8 juicy oranges
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 5 cups club soda or water


  • Place 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 1/2 cups water in a small sauce pot. Heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. (This can also be done in the microwave.) Stir in vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
  • Squeeze 2 1/2 cups of orange juice and 1/2 cup lemon juice into a large pitcher. Pour the sugar¬†syrup into the pitcher. If making ahead, add 5 additional cups of water. Stir and refrigerate.
  • If serving right away, pour 5 cups club soda to the pitcher instead of tap water. This creates a bubbly soda fountain quality!


Orangeade tastes best when you use really juicy sweet oranges. I like to use a mix of Cara Cara oranges and Navel Oranges.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 176mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 44.6mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.2mg