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Orange Ginger Mint Sodas

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Orange Ginger Mint Sodas by gr8chefmb

WHO: gr8chefmb is a home cook and computer whiz based in Texas.
WHAT: Orange, ginger, and mint join forces in a soda made for hot summers.
HOW: A few minutes of simmering is all it takes: just assemble the ingredients and let them meld together in a saucepan.
WHY WE LOVE IT: Whether served with just soda water or some, ahem, fortification in the form of rum or bourbon, this drink will keep us cool all season long.

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It really is that easy: raw sugar, mint, oranges, and ginger.

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First things first: carefully peel the skin of the orange into big strips, avoiding the bitter white pith underneath.

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But you're not done with those oranges: don't let their juice go to waste!

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Sung to the tune of the Hokey Pokey: "You juice your right-hand orange..."

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"You juice your left-hand orange..."

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"And you shake it all about." (Okay, choir class is over.)

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The orange juice joins raw sugar and water in a saucepan, where they'll all simmer until the sugar dissolves.

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Eight one-inch pieces of ginger: easy enough.

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Aromatics go in last: orange peel and ginger lead the way.

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And then plenty of mint bringing up the rear.

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The whole mix simmers together for 5 minutes. After it cools to room temperature, strain into a jar.

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Orange ginger mint syrup, soda water, and lots of crushed ice: this is what summer is made of.

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