Soothing hot orange & lemon Drink

If you lived in Ireland in the 80’s, I’m pretty sure at some point you would have come across hot orange. It was basically diluted orange using hot water. (Ireland was cold, what can I say?). I remember being on the beach (even in summer) or coming in from the cold on a winters day and mammy would hand you a piping hot glass of hot orange. It would warm the cockles of your heart. I kept that tradition on in my house when my son was little. He was born premature, prone to coughs and flu. So keeping the cold off was a first instinct. But the hot orange drink that has really stood the test of time in my house is the one my mother would make if we were feeling poorly. If a cold, flu or chest infection appeared this would be made. It cures all that ales ya! Its a good one to have in the bag especially in current times when people are coughing, aching and generally feeling unwell with Covid-19. I find this drink does 3 things. 1 it soothes the chest. 2, it breaks up the mucus and 3, it warms all those aches. Don’t ask me how but it does. Its also a good one for kids as the sweetness of the orange tastes nice. The orange is the base ingredient, so if your kids don’t like cloves or ginger just leave them out. We didn’t have ginger in 80’s Ireland. Also the original recipe has TK red lemonade which can only be found in Ireland or possibly the UK. So if your in Ireland lucky you and if not (like me) don’t fret.

The ingredients here are for a big pot that you can drink regularly over a few days. Say about 1-2 liters. Literally adjust to fit your pot. You can always add a little extra liquid when reheating a mug. Once the fruit is almost covered that’s fine. I tend to go by eye.


  • 10 oranges sliced
  • 8 lemons sliced
  • 4 cloves (optional)
  • 1 liter bottle TK red lemonade (optional) or 1 liter water
  • honey (optional)


  • Put the oranges, lemons , cloves and red lemonade or water into a pot and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Pour into a mug or glass and add some honey.
  • You can strain the liquid but I tend to leave it. Once its cold you can pop it into the fridge and use it as hot drinks over a couple of days.

Optional additions to the drink

  • 3 slices of fresh ginger while simmering.
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • a drop of whiskey when serving (only if your well and having this as a hot drink, like a mulled drink)

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