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When we think about summer, visions of refreshing lemonade often come to mind, but have you ever considered orangeade? Oranges are naturally sweeter than lemons so they do not need as much sugar to make a refreshing drink. I often mix it with my homemade iced tea to make orange tea, another summer favorite of mine. Enjoy!
5 oranges (sometimes I use 3 oranges and 2 lemons, but I increase the sugar amount slightly if I use lemons)
1/2 - 3/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
1 cup water
Mix 1 cup of water and sugar in small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Meanwhile, squeeze juice from oranges. I usually end up with a little more than one cup of juice when I use Valencia oranges. You will need at least a cup of juice, so if you are using very small oranges, you may need more than five.
Pour juice into half gallon pitcher, along with the sugar mixture. Add water to fill pitcher. Chill in the refrigerator and then pour over ice and enjoy!