My grandmother used to make this refreshing drink for those hot Oklahoma summer days. The family would sit on the front porch relaxing while sipping this drink. Here in California, where lemons, oranges and mint are so abundant, my family has found equal enjoyment sitting in the shade and drinking a tall glass of this thirst-quenching cooler.
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- 1 cup fresh orange juice (about 6 oranges)
- 2 cups sugar
- 2-1/2 cups water
- 10 mint sprigs
- 1 bottle (32 ounces) ginger ale
- Place first five ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cover; remove from heat and let steep until cool. Strain. Cover and refrigerate. To serve, fill glasses or a pitcher with equal amounts of fruit juice, ginger ale and water. Add ice and serve immediately. Yield: about 15 servings.
Originally published as Citrus Mint Cooler in Country August/September 1992, p49