- 3 medium oranges
- 1-1/2 cups turbinado (washed raw) sugar
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 8 slices fresh gingerroot
- Crushed ice
- 5 ounces spiced rum, optional
- 1 bottle (1 liter) club soda, chilled
- Using a vegetable peeler, remove colored layer of peel from oranges in strips, leaving the white pith. Cut oranges crosswise in half; squeeze juice from oranges.
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and orange juice; bring to a boil. Stir in mint, ginger and orange peel; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Cool completely.
- Strain syrup, discarding solids. To serve, fill 10 highball glasses halfway with ice. Add 2 ounces syrup and, if desired, 1/2 ounce rum to each glass; top with soda. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Ginger-Orange Refresher in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2014
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