Orange Soda Recipe from Scratch

There’s something about a sip of refreshing orange soda that screams nostalgia. It’s got the perfect orange-flavored notes and a fizz that takes you back to childhood. Depending on where you live or grew up you probably call it something different. I grew up in the Midwest using the term pop. Now I live in the South where it’s called Coke but for the benefit of this blog, I’m calling it soda.

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This recipe is excellent for football watch parties, tailgates, special events, or even a random Wednesday night. My favorite food to pair it with is hand-breaded buffalo wings or buffalo chicken dip. There’s something about buffalo chicken and orange. It’s the perfect flavor combination.

Orange Soda Recipe Inspiration

Now and then I love a glass of Fanta but I don’t love the colorings and additives they use which is why we never keep soda/pop/coke in our house. So when my husband mentioned he wished we had a bottle I got creative and used a few items in the pantry.

This experiment turned into the orange soda recipe we have here today. It’s the perfect flavor and doesn’t harm our bodies while enjoying it. We enjoyed it so much I decided it needed to be up on the blog for others to make!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • healthier option
  • super simple to make
  • full of vitamins from the oranges
  • tastes so dang good
  • no artificial colorings
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Ingredients

  • 10 navel oranges (organic is best for flavor)
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1 glass bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water (25.3 oz)

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Step-By-Step Instructions

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First, juice the oranges over a fine mesh strainer in a large bowl.

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Second, add cane sugar and stir until completely dissolved.

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Third, add sparkling water, stir to combine, and enjoy!

Storage Tips

Store leftover orange soda in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Just know the sparkling water will go flat after 24 hours.

Making Ahead Tips

If you plan to make this soda ahead of time follow the recipe until the last step. Then when you’re ready to serve it, add sparkling water. This keeps the drink fizzy instead of going flat.

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Recipe FAQ

What is orange soda made of?

My recipe is made of oranges, cane sugar, and sparkling water.

How can I make this more orange-colored like Fanta?

To keep this soda wholesome you could add more orange juice. You won’t get it the same color as Fanta. That brand uses artificial dyes and colorings.

How to keep homemade soda fresh?

Keep your soda in the fridge to maximize freshness.

How long do homemade sodas last?

They’ll last about 2 weeks in the fridge but will go flat after 24 hours.

Is this recipe healthier than regular pop/soda?

Yes! This recipe is so much healthier than regular pop/soda due to less sugar and no artificial dyes/flavorings.

Do I have to strain the orange juice?

If you don’t want pulp in your soda make sure you strain it.

Can I use orange juice instead of fresh oranges?

You can use orange juice but make sure you choose an option that has zero additives or sugars. The ingredients list should just say oranges. You’ll use around 3 cups.

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2 mugs of fizzle orange drinks with a orange slice

Orange Soda Recipe From Scratch

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
There's something about a sip of refreshing orange soda that screams nostalgia. It's got the perfect orange-flavored notes and a fizz that takes you back to childhood. Depending on where you live or grew up you probably call it something different. I grew up in the Midwest using the term pop. Now I live in the South where it's called Coke, but for the benefit of this blog, I'm calling it soda.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 quart

Ingredients
  

  • 10 navel oranges (organic is best for flavor)
  • 1/3 cup cane sugar
  • 1 glass bottle of Pellegrino sparkling water (25.3 oz)

Instructions
 

  • First, juice the oranges over a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl.
  • Second, add cane sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Third, add sparkling water, stir to combine, and enjoy!
Keyword orange coke, orange pop, orange soda, plum branch home orange soda

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  1. 5 stars
    So delicious and refreshing!! A great healthier beverage to drink anytime you want to indulge in something delicious.