Mint Citrus Cooler

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This is a beautiful citrus beverage for a special summer occasion or gathering. You can also make a big pitcher full for a family cookout.

Difficulty: Easy

Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 25 minutes

Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2½ cups water
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Juice of 2 medium oranges
  • Juice of 6 medium lemons
  • 1 Tbsp. finely grated orange zest
  • Thin lemon and orange slices
  • Fresh mint sprigs

Directions

  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Place mint leaves in a medium bowl; add slightly cooled syrup, orange juice, lemon juice, and orange zest. Cover and let steep for about 1 hour. Strain into a 1-quart container. Cover and refrigerate until serving time.
  • For each tall glass, mix ⅓ cup syrup with ⅔ cup cold water. Add a few ice cubes, a thin orange or lemon slice, and a sprig of mint.