Seville Orangeade

by Dorothy Reinhold on February 23, 2013

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If the first person to taste an orange plucked a Seville, I doubt oranges would be the most popular citrus in the world, as they are today.

Seville oranges are sour, very much like lemon-sour, and they would have sent that courageous first person scampering away. But if you tame them with plenty of sugar and heat, they are ideal for making orange marmalade, where their strong orange taste shines through the sweetener, and makes a classic sweet-tart preserve.

What should I do with my Seville oranges?

Seville oranges on Shockingly DeliciousI wanted to put them to the test in another way. Could I make a beverage that wouldn’t pucker us up?

Seville oranges are extremely juicy, and extremely seedy. How seedy? Take a look!

Seville oranges on Shockingly DeliciousIt turns out that Seville oranges make wonderfully refreshing, crisp Orangeade. The strategy behind fresh lemonade applies here. Sweeten to your taste with sugar or your other preferred sweetener, and enjoy a natural orange drink.

No fake orange soda needed.

Seville Orangeade on Shockingly Delicious

Recipe: Seville Orangeade

Summary: Tart Seville oranges make a wonderfully refreshing classic Orangeade. Don’t over sweeten!


  • 7 Seville oranges, juiced (about 1 1/3 cups juice)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2-3/4 cup vanilla sugar


  1. Start with the smaller amount of sugar and stir all ingredients together in a pitcher, until sugar dissolves. Taste and add extra sugar by the tablespoonful, to your taste. Don’t over sweeten or you’ll ruin the refreshing quality of this drink!
  2. Makes about 5 1/2 cups.

Quick notes

Melissa’s Produce sent a sample of the Valencia oranges for recipe testing.

Variation: Orange Soda

To make orange soda, stir together the juice and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Gently add the carbonated water and give it a quick stir to combine. Serve immediately.

Preparation time: 7 minutes
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Reduced fat, Raw
Number of servings (yield): 4
Culinary tradition: USA (General)
My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Cathy @ She Paused 4 Thought February 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

What a great use of seville oranges!


Dorothy February 24, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thanks, Cathy! This was really good. Not overly sweet so it didn’t ruin dinner.


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