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.
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
Est. added sugars 17
How to Make It
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.
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.
This took some time to prepare but it was well worth the effort. I made the ginger syrup in advance and next time I would also juice the oranges beforehand because that took longer than expected. I used 3 1/2 oranges to get 1 1/2 cups of juice. Make sure you use blood oranges as they have a very different and better taste than regular Valencia oranges. My daughter said that these would win a contest because they are so good.
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