Orange Syrup Recipe for Drinks (Orange Liqueur Substitute)

A glass pitcher of orange simple syrup.

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This quick and easy orange simple syrup recipe is full of fresh orange flavor and is ideal for adding to cocktails and mocktails.


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  • 1 - 3 inch piece of orange peel
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


In a small pot, heat water to boiling over medium heat.

Remove from heat, add sugar and stir until sugar has completely dissolved.

Using a vegetable peeler, carefully peel a large piece of orange peel from the outside of an orange.

Add orange peel and let the mixture cool to room temperature.

Taste your syrup. If you like the citrus flavor you have, remove the peel. If you want more, leave the orange peel in the syrup.

Pour the syrup into an airtight glass container.

Cover and store in the refrigerator.

If you left the peel in, remove and discard the orange peel after 24 hours.

Store syrup in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Discard if syrup turns cloudy or changes in color.