Homemade Orange Simple Syrup

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Use this Orange Simple Syrup in cocktails or to give a nice orange burst of sweetness to your iced tea, hot tea, or coffee.

» Love orange-flavored drinks? Try this Chocolate Orange Martini and 10 Creative Simple Syrup Recipes.

orange simple syrup

Simple syrup is just a 50/50 ratio of sugar and water, dissolved down into liquid form. The addition of oranges to the mix give the syrup a lovely citrusy aroma and flavor that can be used in so many ways.

We use it to flavor our cocktails, especially this Chocolate Orange Martini that is to die for. The real orange flavor in this syrup surpasses any other orange flavoring. It’s worth taking the extra few minutes to make the syrup yourself.

Homemade simply syrups are so easy to make and really add flavor and depth to a cocktail. If you liked this orange syrup you will want to try this homemade cranberry simply syrup, blood orange simple syrup, and this blueberry simple syrup.

orange simple syrup

Ingredients You’ll Need

As you can imagine, this orange simple syrup is made with very few ingredients. In fact the only things you need are:

  • Granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Oranges

If you want to cut down on the sugar, you can use a sugar substitute with no carbs and very few calories. I like allulose or Erythritol as a sugar substitute, although both are only about 70% as sweet as sugar, so you’ll have to add a bit more to the mix for the same sweetness.

For the oranges, just wash them well, then slice them into 1/4-inch slices. You’ll use the whole slice, not just the peel, for this recipe.

oranges sliced

How to Make Orange Simple Syrup

In a pot over medium-high heat, stir together the water and sugar until the sugar is fully dissolved. It’ll take about 3 minutes, once the water gets warm.

sugar dissolving in water

Turn the heat down to medium low and add the orange slices.

Simmer for 45 minutes or until the oranges are translucent. You can use the oranges for something else, if you want. In which case remove them to a cooling rack to use later. Try dipping them in chocolate for a fun cocktail garnish. If you aren’t reusing them, discard the oranges.

oranges in syrup

Remove the pot from the heat and allow the syrup to cool completed. Once the syrup has cooled, strain it through a mesh sieve to remove any seeds and pulp.

How to Store It

After the syrup has cooled completely, you can store in a clean air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. It might go off sooner than that, so keep an eye on it. It turns cloudy or starts to show signs of mould, you shouldn’t use it.

pouring a cocktail

How to Use It

You can use orange simple syrup for a number of different cocktails, like a chocolate orange martini. You can also use it as a substitute for Cointreau or Triple Sec in a cocktail, like a classic margarita.

Another way to use orange simple syrup is in cakes. We use it in this chocolate orange cake, which makes it extremely moist and delicious.

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orange simple syrup
Yield: 1 cup

Orange Simply Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Use this Orange Simple Syrup in cocktails or to give a nice orange burst of sweetness to your iced tea, hot tea, or coffee.


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 oranges, washed and sliced


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, stir together water and sugar until dissolved.
  2. Turn heat down to medium-low and add orange slices. Cook at a low simmer for 45 minutes or until oranges are softened.
  3. Remove oranges to a cooling rack to use later (they're deliciously candied now!).
  4. Once syrup has cooled, strain it through a mesh sieve to remove seeds and pulp.
  5. Store in air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • Make sure to maintain only a low simmer as a full boil will make the syrup into a taffy-like texture. Check it often to make sure it hasn't reduced too much.
  • You can use the orange slices as candied oranges for cocktails. Just leave them to dry on the rack until they reach your desired consistency. You can also use them to decorate cakes, to dip in chocolate, or to add to other desserts.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ounce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 211Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 53gProtein: 0g
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