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Blood Orange and Ginger Soda

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 25 mins
Yield

Serves 6 (serving size: about 1 cup)

A ginger simple syrup infuses this vibrant orange drink with zingy personality while fresh mint provides a cooling herbaceous balance. Fresh basil would be equally delicious in place of the mint.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sliced peeled fresh ginger
  • 18 fresh mint leaves
  • 6 (2-inch) blood orange rind strips
  • 3 cups blood orange juice
  • 3 cups club soda
  • 6 blood orange wedges
  • 6 mint sprigs

Nutrition Information

  • calories 121
  • fat 0.3 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.1 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 30 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.0 mg
  • sodium 14 mg
  • calcium 17 mg
  • sugars 27 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 17

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; let stand 15 minutes. Strain; discard solids.

  2. To prepare each cocktail, muddle 3 mint leaves and 1 rind strip in a cocktail shaker using the handle of a wooden spoon. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons ginger syrup and 1/2 cup orange juice to shaker; shake well. Pour mixture into an ice-filled glass. Top with 1/2 cup soda; stir. Garnish with an orange wedge and a mint sprig.