¼ cup sugar (60 ml)
¼ cup water (60 ml)
2 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed or store-bought (500 ml)
Juice of 3 limes
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped (60 ml)
1 cup carbonated water (250 ml)
Ice, for filling glasses
12 fresh mint leaves, for garnish
4 orange slices, for garnish
1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat and simmer for 3 minutes, or just until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
2. In a large measuring cup or serving jug, mix together the simple syrup with the orange juice, mint and lime juice. Let sit for 5 minutes so that the flavours blend together.
3. Fill 4 tall glasses with ice. Pour ½ cup of the orange mix into each glass and top with ¼ cup of carbonated water into each glass. Garnish with orange slices and mint leaves. Serve immediately. Yield: Serves 4