Orange Turmeric Homemade Lemonade Hits The Sweet Spot

On the way home from our most recent road trip, we stopped at a Panera for dinner. I generally drink iced tea when we are out anywhere but this time, after 12 hours in the car, something about the lemonades looked so refreshing. I love homemade lemonade so I tried their Blood Orange Lemonade for the first time and it was so delicious!

I checked the ingredients and thought they were an odd combo: Blood oranges, sugar cane, lemon juice, carrots, turmeric, citric acid and other natural flavors. Still, so good.

When we arrived home, I was craving that juice. I loved the bright color and the fresh taste was just screaming summer to me. I could imagine a homemade lemonade pitcher of it on my back porch with my feet up. (This was clearly a dream because if I’m outdoors I’m rarely just sitting.)

I decided to try and make an Orange Turmeric Homemade Lemonade copycat recipe of the Panera juice. However, right away I ran into a few problems.

  1. Citrus season is over and picking were slim on healthy looking citrus here.
  2. I couldn’t find Blood Oranges to save my life. I looked at three grocery stores and decided that if I couldn’t find them, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to either.
  3. The carrots in the Panera juice are probably some sort of sweetened, pureed carrot juice that is a recipe in and of itself. I decided that I didn’t want to make this overly complicated for myself or others so I opted to leave the carrots out. (After looking this up on the Panera website as I right, I am correct. The carrots are in the form of a puree and some sort of carrot juice.)
  4. Panera doesn’t detail out the “other natural flavors” so who really knows what combo of flavors helped to create the unique taste of their juice.

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

All that said, I ended up making a homemade lemonade that I found seriously delicious and refreshing even if it isn’t an exact copy of the Panera juice. In fact, my juice was a little thinner in texture so maybe I even liked it better?

I gave a glass to my husband because he is my official recipe taster (Lucky man!). He was mowing the lawn so he downed it without even really tasting it.

“Refreshing,” he said.

“Uh, but did it taste good?”

He said it did, but I gave him a second glass later of the Orange Turmeric Homemade Lemonade when he wasn’t hot and sweaty just to make sure he was telling the truth. He said it was a great summertime drink and happily drank another glass.

My daughter also drank a full two glasses. At about 6, she considers herself a lemonade expert but had no idea about the turmeric ingredient.

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

Speaking of which, I thought turmeric was an odd ingredient when I saw it listed on the Panera juice. However, I know it has been a sort-of buzz ingredient lately.

Turmeric is a yellow-ish spice that often give curry it’s color – hence my hesitation about seeing it in a lemonade. It’s been thought to have medicinal properties and science has started looking into it. This article from has the following claims:

  1. Tumeric has bioactive compounds with powerful medical properties.
  2. The compounds are called curcuminoids and the most important one is curcumin.
  3. Curcumin is the main ingredient in turmeric and has anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant.
  4. It’s claimed the ingredients can lower your risk of heart disease, perhaps help to prevent cancer, help those fighting Alzheimer’s, help with arthritis, benefit those fighting depression and help in fighting age related illnesses.

To read the full article click here. To make the Orange Turmeric Homemade Lemonade recipe see below and let me know what you think.

I’m planning to bring this along to the 4th of July and make it for a birthday party later this summer. It’s for sure going to be a summer drink of choice for a while.

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

5.0 from 16 reviews
Orange Turmeric Lemonade Hits The Sweet Spot
Recipe type: Drink
Cuisine: Fusion
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4-5 glasses
  • Juice of 6 regular oranges (You can use blood oranges if you find them.)
  • Juice of 5 lemons
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • ¾ cup – 1 cup of sugar (Start with ¾ and if you want more sweetness feel free to add the additional ¼ cup. We used ¾.)
  • ½ tsp. of turmeric
  • 2 or 3 cups of ice
  • 2 additional oranges, sliced
  • 2 additional lemons, sliced
  1. Juice your lemons and your oranges and combine in a large bowl
  2. Mix in your sugar and your turmeric. Whisk so that the sugar dissolves and the turmeric is dispersed. It won’t dissolve like the sugar will but will flavor the mixture just the same.
  3. Add in your water and whisk for a few minutes.
  4. Add the whole mixture to a pitcher or a drink dispenser with 2-3 cups of ice.
  5. Add in your sliced oranges and lemons.
  6. Serve cold or at least chilled.

I’m going to try adding some soda water to this homemade lemonade too to make it a little bubbly. 🙂 It might also be good with champagne and a twist on the classic mimosa. I hope you try variations too! Happy summertime drinking, friends!

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Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom life


  1. This looks perfect for summer! My kids love lemonade, I always try to keep some in the fridge for those really hot summer days. It is so refreshing!

  2. This sounds delicious! When we were traveling a few weeks ago, I kept going for lemonade too even though I don’t drink it often. I’ve never tried it with oranges, I’ll have to get the ingredients before my beach trip in a few weeks!

  3. I’ve heard from so many doctors that tumeric is great! I really need to start using it because I have some health issues that would be better if I did. The lemonade is a great idea because the strong flavor makes the tumeric unnoticeable. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This sounds so refreshing! I’ve not really heard much about Turmeric before now, but now I have to read more on it. I love all the health benefits to this drink!

  5. I would have never thought to put turmeric into lemonade, what a great idea and way to get an extra healthy ingredient down our gullet ; )
    I will definitely make this recipe soon, sounds amazing!

  6. I really love lemonade. It helps refresh my body and I can lose weight by drinking it everyday. Thanks for recipe.

  7. This looks so refreshing and chock full of nutrients. I use tumeric in savoury dishes. I have never tried it in a drink, I may just do this.

  8. This is wonderful! I’m trying to incorporate tumeric in my diet to help with joint paint. I picked up some honey with tumeric in it at the Farmer’s Market a few weekends ago, I’m glad I found another recipe to make with it.

  9. This probably going to stain my braces, but I couldn’t care less. I love that you added turmeric which has great anti-inflammatory properties.

  10. I’ve been trying to add more turmeric to my diet for its wonderful antioxidant properties. This orange turmeric lemonade will be a great summer addition to my recipe box. Thanks!


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