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 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.

homemade lemonade - The Everyday Mom Life

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 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 a copycat recipe of the Panera juice at home. 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 lifeHomemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

All that said, I ended up making a juice 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 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 lifeHomemade 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 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 lifeHomemade 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 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!

For more recipes, click here. For more drink recipes, click here.


Homemade lemonade - the everyday mom lifeHomemade lemonade - the everyday mom life

About the Author

Author with 267 posts
More about Rachel

Recent Articles


  • Stacie June 27, 2018 08.09 pm

    That sounds so refreshing! I love lemonade, but I’ve never had it like that before. I have to give this a try.

  • Ayanna @ 21FlavorsofSplendor June 27, 2018 08.26 pm

    I am definitely going to have to try this! I love lemonade and the benefits of this one cannot be beat.

  • Jane Davidson | Typically Jane June 27, 2018 08.37 pm

    This is brilliant! What a great idea! I am always looking for ways to add tumeric in my diet.

  • Emily June 27, 2018 08.42 pm

    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!

  • Stephanie June 27, 2018 08.56 pm

    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!

  • Reesa Lewandowski June 27, 2018 09.04 pm

    I have heard so many wonderful things about turmeric. I need to give this recipe a try!

  • Emily June 27, 2018 10.19 pm

    I bet blood orange lemonade is so yummy! It looks delicious and I love the addition of turmeric! Yum!

  • Becca Wilson June 28, 2018 12.18 am

    Turmeric is one of those things that have been added to my regimen for inflammation. This would be so perfect!

  • Alicia Gonzalez June 28, 2018 12.25 am

    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!

  • Leah June 28, 2018 12.54 am

    I love Turmeric. I take it every single day. I can definitely tell when I don’t take it.

  • Jodi June 28, 2018 02.30 am

    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!

  • brianne June 28, 2018 02.50 am

    What a great idea, I am definitely making this for summer. Tumeric has great health benefits!

  • Joely Smith June 28, 2018 02.59 am

    Smart idea and a great way to get a healthy and helpful herbal supplement that is all natural! The orange added to the lemonade is perfect!

  • Eloise June 28, 2018 03.23 am

    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!

  • Trina June 28, 2018 03.43 am

    This looks delicious and refreshing! I have been trying to find ways to add turmeric into my diet and this will be one way for sure.

  • Vy Nguyen June 28, 2018 03.56 am

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

  • krystal June 28, 2018 03.58 am

    This looks so refreshing and perfect for summer! I would love to try more turmeric in my recipes.

  • Angie Agerter June 28, 2018 04.21 am

    This does sound and looks so refreshing! I love that it adds in a bit of turmeric, it does wonderful things for the body.

  • Kim June 28, 2018 06.14 am

    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.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore June 28, 2018 07.07 am

    It looks so refreshing! Would be a favorite drink this summer!

  • Dawn Lopez June 28, 2018 07.14 am

    Nothing hits the spot like lemonade in summer. This looks like a refreshing recipe that would be great for pool days.

  • Heather June 28, 2018 01.37 pm

    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.

  • Sachi June 28, 2018 02.29 pm

    This looks so yummy! I never thought to mix anything with my lemonade so i’ll definitely have to give this a try !

  • Patricia June 28, 2018 02.40 pm

    This looks and sounds so incredibly refreshing!!!

  • Angela Tolsma June 28, 2018 03.42 pm

    I love lemonade and it’s definitely my summer drink but I wouldn’t have thought to add turmeric to it! Sounds like a wonderful addition!

  • Sherry June 28, 2018 05.43 pm

    Oh, I need to make this. My daughter and I would drink this right up.

  • Esther Irish June 28, 2018 05.51 pm

    This looks so good! My dad has been in a lot of pain and the dr recommended turmeric. This looks like a great way to get a little extra!

  • Dina Demarest June 28, 2018 05.58 pm

    I’ve heard so many good things about Turmeric. I should try it out and make your refreshing drink so I get the benefits too.

  • Holly Lasha June 28, 2018 07.06 pm

    Oh, this looks super yummy. I will definitely have to try this. I love trying new recipes!!

  • Nikki Hall June 29, 2018 03.09 am

    Turmeric is super good for you, so I bet there are so many benefits to this lemonade. I would love to try this plus the color is so vivid.

  • Kita Bryant June 29, 2018 03.44 am

    I have got to try this drink. It has some amazing ingredients!

  • Sara Welch June 29, 2018 03.44 am

    This looks delicious! It is a very refreshing option for the heat!

  • rika June 29, 2018 05.38 am

    I also made a pretty similar recipe with turmeric and orange! This drink is perfect for summer months.

  • Prajakta Sharma June 29, 2018 02.47 pm

    Wow turmeric has health benefits and anti-inflammatory properties. So innovative to use it in a drink

  • Kayla June 30, 2018 12.48 am

    I love the health benefits of tumerick. This looks so tasty and I love that it’s so healthy for you in so many ways.

  • Kelly June 30, 2018 01.55 am

    Your pictures are amazing! I definitely want to try to make this since it looks so delicious.

  • Sarah July 06, 2018 04.56 pm

    Does it taste a good add it looks? Its beautiful!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe:  

Follow The Everyday Mom Life

Featured On