Orange Simple Syrup

Orange Simple Syrup, the perfect homemade orange-infused simple syrup to add vibrant fresh-squeezed flavor to iced beverages, cocktails and baked goods!

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The best thirst-quencher on a hot day is iced, sweet and loaded with fruit -flavor. This homemade orange-flavored simple syrup is the perfect way to sweeten and add bright orange flavor to your favorite summertime drinks in a cinch!

But this sweet and delicious syrup is also wonderful in cocktails, smoothies, drizzled over sweet treats and so much more. That said, this recipe makes about a cup of orange simple syrup, so you’ll have plenty of yummy ways to use it. Enjoy!

👉 Here’s why you should be making simple syrup with orange juice:

  • Quick and easy. Only four ingredients and it takes just 15 minutes to make.
  • Bursting with citrus flavor. It is perfect for adding sweet orange flavor to beverages and cocktails.
  • Great for baking to add moisture and flavor to cakes and baked goods.

Read to learn how to make it? Let’s do it!

🍊 Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe:

  • Water (filtered or distilled): When sugar is dissolved in water, it thickens into a sweet syrup. For the best tasting syrup, use filtered or distilled water.
  • Orange Juice: 100% orange juice with no pulp is best. We used bottled orange, but you can also use fresh-squeezed as well.
  • Granulated Sugar: Granulated sugar has super fine granules, so it dissolves quickly in boiling water compared to other types of sugar.
  • Oranges (bright orange peel only): The flavorful oils and flavors from the peel get released into the syrup when boiled.

👉 Recommended tools: We recommend using a small saucepan with a pour spout for making simple syrups. Airtight syrup jars are also key for storing your syrups safely.

bowls of water, sugar, and orange juice on white table with sliced oranges
Ingredients: water, sugar, orange juice, orange peels

📖 How to Make (step-by-step photos)

1️⃣ Step One: Bring to a boil and dissolve sugar

In a small heavy-bottomed saucepan, add water, orange juice, sugar and orange peels. Bring the liquid to a boil and let the ingredients boil together, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves (5 to 10 minutes).

water, orange juice, and sugar in a saucepan on a stovetop
Boil simple syrup ingredients

2️⃣ Step Two: Remove from heat and let cool

Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat and let cool.

water, sugar, and orange juice in a saucepan on a white table
Let the syrup cool

4️⃣ Step Four: Store and refrigerate

Once cooled, strain out the peels and transfer syrup to a sanitized glass jar. Store in the refrigerate.

orange simple syrup in a glass jar on a table with sliced oranges

❓Questions + quick tips

Can you make orange simple syrup with orange extract?

Using fresh juice and fresh peels achieves fresh squeezed orange flavor, However, you can use orange extract instead to make an orange flavored syrup. For every cup of simple syrup made with a 1:1 sugar to water ratio, add 1 teaspoon of orange extract.

Can I used fresh-squeezed orange juice for orange-flavored simple syrup?

We recommend using pulp-free 100% orange juice, so there’s no need to strain any pulp from the syrup. However, you can absolutely use freshly squeezed juice. You’ll just need to stain out as much as of the pulp as possible with a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.

Why is my homemade simple syrup yellow?

Orange simple syrup, in particular, will have a yellow tint to it from the orange juice. Also, as the sugar, orange juice, and orange peels boil together they will begin to caramelize, giving the syrup a deeper color.

What can I do with leftover orange syrup?

Use leftover orange syrup to flavor iced or hot tea, smeared on toast like jam, as a sweetener in salad dressings, drizzled over waffles or pancakes, etc.

Can I make simple syrup with brown sugar?

For a deeper, caramelized flavor simple syrup swap the granulated sugar for brown sugar.

🌿 Variations

Want to spruce up this syrup? Here are a few ideas:

  • 👉 2:1 Orange Simple Syrup: To make a sweeter syrup, simply double the sugar to about 2 and a 1/4 cups.
  • 👉 Add some warming spice: Add some warming spices like star anise cinnamon or nutmeg while the syrup is boiling.
simple syrup with oranges on a white countertop

🍹 How to use it

This syrup is a fantastic flavor enhancer to have on hand for drinks, desserts and so much more. Here are some other ways to use it:

  • Add to hot or iced tea or coffee for a burst of orange flavor.
  • Use in cocktails like margaritas, orange crushes, old fashioned and cosmos.
  • Emulsify into salad dressings to add sweet orange flavor.
  • Smear between cake layers for flavor, moisture and to keep the layers in place.
  • Drizzle over breakfast foods like muffins, pancakes, waffles, croissants, etc.

♻️ How to Store

Before storing, let simple cool completely to room temperature. Also, be sure to use sanitized jars to prevent bacteria growth.

Refrigerator Storage: This orange simple syrup recipe is made with a 1:1 sugar to liquid ratio that has a shelf-life of 1 month when stored in a glass airtight bottle in the refrigerator.

Freezer Storage: You can freeze simple syrup safely for up to a year. A simple syrup with a 1:1 sugar to liquid ratio will most likely freeze solid but with more sugar, the syrup may not freeze completely. Freeze in small plastic containers or ice cube trays.

orange simple syrup in a pouring jar on a countertop

🥄 More fruit simple syrup recipes

Looking for more homemade flavored simple syrups? Look no further:

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Orange Simple Syrup

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Orange Simple Syrup, the perfect homemade orange-infused simple syrup to add vibrant fresh-squeezed flavor to iced beverages, cocktails and baked goods!
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Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Course Simple Syrups
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 52 kcal


  • 4 ounces water or ½ cup
  • 4 ounces orange juice or ½ cup
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 pieces orange peel from 1 orange


  • Add water, orange, sugar, and orange peels to a small saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Then reduce heat and let simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Remove the pan from heat and let cool. Then pour the orange simple syrup into an airtight glass jar and use in hot drinks, cocktails, smoothies, or baking.
  • To store syrup, pour into an airtight jar and store at room temperature for up to one month, or up to three months in the refrigerator.


Storing this syrup: This syrup should be stored in an airtight jar after cooling. It can be stored at room temperature for up to one month, but will last for up to three months when stored in the refrigerator.
Recommended tools: small saucepan with a pouring spout, fine mesh strainer, syrup storing jars


Serving: 1servingCalories: 52kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 15mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keywords flavored simple syrup, orange simple syrup
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