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Flavors That Go Well With Orange

Flavors That Go Well With Orange

Are you looking for flavors that pair well with orange? Today we are going to do a complete guide to orange flavor pairings in all types of recipes.

Whether you’re making an orange inspired smoothie or beverage, baking a tasty orange dessert, or topping waffles or crepes we are going to go over all of the best ingredients that go with orange.

Top Ingredients that Go With Orange

sliced and whole oranges on a platter

Instead of just making a long list that’s hard to sift through, I’m going to break down the different types of ingredients that go with orange into groups.

The largest category will be other fruits that go with orange. We will also cover herbs and spices that go with orange as well as alcohol that pairs with orange. So let’s get to it!


Want an easy way to remove the white membrane from your oranges? Put your whole oranges in boiling water for about five minutes. Remove and peel, and the membrane will fall right off leaving you great looking, and tasting, orange slices perfect for any type of recipe.

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Fruits that go with orange

fresh strawberries

These flavor combinations work in all types of recipes. You can make smoothies, top ice cream, make fruit sauce, bake bread, or anything you could think of with these fruit based combinations.

You can add one or more of these fruits to any dish or beverage that calls for oranges.

  • Strawberry
  • Apple
  • Raspberry
  • Apricot
  • Rhubarb
  • Avocado
  • Pumpkin
  • Banana
  • Quince
  • Blackberry
  • Prunes
  • Blueberry
  • Pomegranate
  • Cherries
  • Plums
  • Coconut
  • Pineapple
  • Cranberry
  • Persimmons
  • Dates
  • Pear
  • Grape
  • Grapefruit
  • Peaches
  • Guava
  • Passion fruit
  • Kumquats
  • Papaya
  • Lemon
  • Mango
  • Lime
  • Star fruit

Herbs and spices that go with orange

fresh mint leaves

If you are baking an orange dessert or making a mixed drink and want to spice it up, try these spices that pair perfectly with citrus. Same as with the fruit, you can use any number of these spices so get creative and see what you can come up with.

  • Thyme
  • Cardamom
  • Anise
  • Basil
  • Star anise
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Saffron
  • Clove
  • Rosemary
  • Cumin
  • Ginger
  • Poppy seeds
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Nutmeg
  • Paprika

Nuts and seeds that go with orange

whole almonds in bowl

It doesn’t matter if you’re using whole oranges or just the juice, you can pair it with all types of nuts and nut butters. Here are just some of my personal favorites you can try in your recipe.

Alcohol that goes with orange

orange vodka

If you’re mixing up some tropical inspired orange beverages there are some great options to use. Try these great liqueurs and bring out your inner mixologist.

  • White wine
  • Almond liqueur
  • Orange liqueur
  • Vodka
  • Amaretto
  • Tequila
  • Armagnac
  • Brandy
  • Rum
  • Cognac
  • Red wine
  • Kirsch
  • Gin
  • Whisky
  • Scotch

Even more flavors that go great with oranges

orange chocolate mousse

So if that’s enough to get your creative juices flowing, here are even more great ingredients that go oh so well with orange. Try some of these as spreads for orange bread, orange crepes or any other orange based recipe.

Bottom Line

Orange is one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate in baked desserts to cocktails. Citrus is refreshing and adds a zest to all types of recipes.

Try mixing up the flavors that go with orange and let me know your favorite orange flavor combinations. And if I missed your favorite thing that pairs with orange let me know so I can add it to our list.