Fresh-squeezed orange juice, anyone? Customers may love it, but what a hassle, squeezing oranges on demand. Now a company, International Flavors & Fragrances, says it's discovered the key chemicals imparting that elusive, je ne sais quoi of fresh-squeezedness.

Generessence Orange, as the proprietary cocktail is dubbed, comes from a five-year analysis of the chemicals in orange juice, according to an article on the development at All companies have to do is add this precious cocktail to a beverage and — presto! Tastes fresh-squeezed. And not just orange juice. Carbonated beverages, water and tea are also candidates for fresh-squeezed flavor. (Fresh-squeezed tap water, anyone? Fresh-squeezed beer?)

Interesting food-science fact: More than 300 chemicals are responsible for orange flavor. However, if you don't have a mass spectrometer on hand but still fancy whipping up orange drink, it seems you can make a semblance of it with just a few ingredients from the grocery and drug store. Here's the recipe, at We make no guarantee as to taste.

Get developments in medicine, nutrition and fitness delivered to your inbox with our The Health Report newsletter. Sign up »

— Rosie Mestel