Orangina - Drink Secrets


Orangina: The Perfect Blend Of Citrus

Orangina is a citrus carbonated beverage which is produced from orange, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit juices. The original origin of the drink was in France at a trade fair, but then began being marketed in Algeria by Leon Beton, a French Algerian. It was purchased and now is produced by Suntory as of 2009 worldwide, however, it has been manufactured and owned in the United States and Canada by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group since 2006.


Originally concocted by a Spanish inventor, chemist by the name of Trigo from Valencia in 1933, Orangina was originally called "TriNaranjus" on the Spanish market., until 1962 when it was purchased and moved production to France. Not only famous for its delightful taste, the design on the bottle has set it apart from other like juices.

Orangina comes in an 8 oz bottle which is shaped like a pear that also has a texture that resembles the outer skin of an orange, or other citrus fruit peel. It is a quick, quirky marketing ploy that draws the consumer to want to try it. There are many different varieties that include those made from blood oranges and also others that contain other ingredients such as caffeine and guarana.


Orangina makes the perfect addition to a mixed drink. Supplying just the right blend of citrus flavors, it has really brought out the unique in mixed cocktails. It is quickly becoming a staple behind any stocked bar and just may be the perfect beverage to become the staple to your favorite mixed concoction. Europe has their own versions as well, but they are rarely found on the North American market.


Orangina is made from a unique recipe which includes

  • Not less than 12% of citrus juice
  • A balance of orange, lemon, grapefruit and mandarin
  • 2 % pulp
  • Light bubbles
  • Natural colors

There are those who claim that they have a recipe that can parallel Orangina. Although it may be a way to cut costs, it does not taste the same as the originally packaged burst of citrus. Making it involves some pretty involved processes, and it just may not be worth the hassle or the penny savings.

Some yummy Orangina cocktail recipes

Orangina Sunrise, made famous by Rachael Ray

  • One 10 oz bottle of Orangina
  • 1 ounce dark rum
  • 1 ounce amaretto
  • 1/2 ounce grenadine

French Monkey

  • 1/3 glass Orangina
  • 2/3 glass red wine

French screwdriver

  • 2 1/2 oz Grey Goose L'Orange vodka
  • 5-6 oz Orangina

Tony Kelly recipe

  • 1/2 glass strong rum
  • 1/4 glass Orangina
  • 1/4 glass margarita mix

Orangina is a unique taste that will give you a burst of citrus goodness. It comes in both an 8 oz and bigger version, but whichever amount you choose, guaranteed there will not be any left. Although some say that you can replicate the flavor, it is such an amazing blend that reproducing it is not something that can be done. Spice up your favorite citrus drink or create a new one. It just may be the perfect summer mixer.


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