We love including recipes in Mirador, and this was a particularly fun recipe page since it really brought out the nostalgia factor. I was a kid in the 70s and we always had a jar of TANG on the kitchen counter. Well, as we haven’t been able to crack the secret code of real TANG, here’s a version of it that incorporates fresh fruit for a zingy, healthful beverage.

a vintage drawing of oranges


Zest from 2 oranges (avoid the white pithy part) 

2 oranges sections (discard peels)

4 cups sugar

4 teaspoons ascorbic acid powder/vitamin C powder

1 tsp salt

1 teaspoon orange gel flavor (optional)


Large baking dish or flat pan

Metal spoon

Blender or food processor


To Serve:

Stir 2 tablespoons of drink mix into 1 cup cool water

Add ice if desired and garnish with a slice of citrus

Store blended drink powder in a container in the refrigerator for up to a month.