Orange Ginger Mint Sodas

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Author Notes: I love citrus-flavored drinks of almost every kind. Pair it with mint and ginger, and you have a refreshing drink on a hot summer day, especially if you live in Texas. To make it an adult beverage, add a splash of your favorite poison, either a citrus vodka or perhaps a splash of spiced rum or bourbon.gr8chefmb

Food52 Review: 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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Serves 6-8

  • 2 oranges
  • 1 1/2 cups demara [raw] sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 8 1-inch pieces ginger
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 1 liter club soda
  • crushed ice
  1. Use a vegetable peeler to peel rind from oranges in thin pieces, taking care not to get white pith on rind. Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into a 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Add sugar and water to saucepan and place over medium high heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Add orange rind, ginger, and mint; simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up 1 week.
  3. To make sodas, fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Add 1/4 cup of orange-ginger-mint syrup to glass and top off with club soda. If desired, add a splash of orange-flavored vodka or spiced rum to glass before topping with club soda. Garnish with thin slice of orange and a couple of mint leaves.
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3 months ago ghainskom

I really like the ginger note but found the mint to be too discreet. I expect this may vary from batch to batch as some mints may be stronger than others so this is a keeper.

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8 months ago Camille714

In Ocean City, MD a favorite vodka drink & easier to make...fresh squeezed OJ, or other juice, vodka, sometimes flavored & toped with sprite...A personal favorite pool/beach-side drink

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about 1 year ago Texas Sharon

I love this idea, but am not the biggest fan of cooked-orange flavor, so will simmer the sugar and water to dissolve, add the ginger, then steep with the mint, orange peel and orange juice off the heat as the syrup cools. I can't wait to try this, and my alcohol of choice will be bourbon. Yum.

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about 1 year ago smonfor

This was tasty. I thought the ginger would have home through more. I think next time I'll do smaller chunks or even grate them.

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over 1 year ago LeeLeeBee

LOVED this recipe - the hit of our dinner party tonight! I had small oranges, so I used three. Really simple and delicious, and so impressive garnished with a mint sprig and an orange peel!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! This sounds like a perfectly refreshing summer soda - now to figure out what adult mix-ins to try it with!

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about 2 years ago EmilyC

My husband surprised me yesterday with a new Soda Stream, so I knew I had to give these a try. The orange-ginger-mint simple syrup is really nice (like the use of raw sugar). I used two giant oranges, which yielded exactly one cup of juice. If your oranges are on the small side, I'd use three or even four. And definitely don't skip the garnish...I liked the sodas the most once I squeezed some fresh juice from the orange slices and muddled with more mint. Looking forward to drinking these all week long!

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over 2 years ago Burnt Offerings

With temps soaring into the 100's here in Baltimore, this recipe was instantly appealing on all levels. Absolutely pitch perfect for summer. Makes a wonderful, light, non-cloying simple syrup with the perfect bite of ginger, and coolness of mint, that is refreshing, versatile, and oh so good with or without booze. The kids liked it as much as the grownups. We used orange vodka, but spiced rum would be brilliant too, and it would also be excellent mixed with a good ginger beer. Have a mason jar of this in your fridge on hand all summer and you won't mind the heat.

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over 2 years ago Bevi

This sounds great as a drink and a poaching liquid. Congrats!

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over 2 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Great recipe, congratulations on being a finalist!

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over 2 years ago em-i-lis

Emily is a trusted source on General Cooking.

congratulations, gr8chefmb! it's a beautiful drink!

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over 2 years ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Congratulations! This looks crazy delicious and refreshing. Seriously perfect for the heat wave that's been cooking us all!

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over 2 years ago Madhuja

I tested this recipe and the orange ginger mint combination was absolutely perfect! This is exactly what I want on a scorching summer day! Congratulations on being a finalist!

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over 2 years ago gingerroot

Congrats on being a finalist! I have two oranges from my tree that are destined for this soda.

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over 2 years ago EmilyC

Congrats! Having just recently had a baby, I always appreciate good non-boozy drink options! Because oranges are so variable in their amount of juice, how much juice should I use? Maybe 1/2 cup, or more?

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over 2 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Congratulations! What a refreshing summer soda - can't wait to try it!

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over 2 years ago Midge

So excited to try this. Congrats!

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over 2 years ago drbabs

Barbara is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Yum...congratulations on being a finalist!

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on being a finalist, this is a gorgeous drink, perfect for a hot summers day!

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over 2 years ago savorthis

Mmm- I love spicy ginger in drinks and the orange and mint sound like a great pairing. Congrats!

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over 2 years ago meganvt01

Beautiful recipe - congrats on being a finalist!

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about 3 years ago gr8chefmb

I consider a bunch of mint to be approximately 1 cup loosely packed leaves. As with all recipes, adjust to taste. I happen to love mint, so this was perfect for me. Not everyone loves it as much, so the next time you make it, perhaps use only half a bunch. Hope this helps! :-) BTW-enjoy that 90 degree weather; here in Dallas, we are apparently attempting to break the 1980 record for most consecutive days of 100+ degree temps....I'm melting....Iii'mmm melting! LOL! :-)

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about 3 years ago bottomupfood

We tried this yesterday in the 90 degree weather and it did the trick. I like that the recipe basically sets you up with a syrup instead of a finished mixed drink. We put the syrup in a mason jar, made a few drinks, and stashed the rest in the fridge for later. The only problem we ran into was with the mint: How big, exactly, is a bunch of mint? I think we overminted things a bit. It would be great to get a weight for the mint.