10 Summer Drinks to Sip Poolside

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Orange Ginger Mint Sodas
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Serves 6-8

2 oranges
1 1/2 C. demara (raw) sugar
1 1/2 C. water
Eight 1-inch pieces of ginger
1 bunch fresh ... more 
Photo by: James Ransom
Orange Ginger Mint Sodas
Save and print this recipe on Food52.

Serves 6-8

2 oranges
1 1/2 C. demara (raw) sugar
1 1/2 C. water
Eight 1-inch pieces of 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 avoid white pith. Cut oranges in half and squeeze juice into a 3-quart saucepan.
2. Add sugar & water to saucepan & place over medium high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium. Add orange rind, ginger & mint; simmer for 5 minutes.
3. Remove from heat & allow to cool to room temperature. Strain syrup, discarding solids. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.
4. To make sodas, fill a tall glass halfway with crushed ice. Add 1/4 cup of orange-ginger-mint syrup to glass & top off with club soda. less 
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Tue, Jul 9, 2013 1:06 PM EDT
Summer has hit...with a vengeance. It is officially too hot to do anything except lounge by the pool. And no pool day is complete without friends, sunscreen, and some fruity beverages. This weekend, relax and cool down with one of these ten refreshing poolside drinks.