This is a wonderful Southern nonalcoholic drink. The recipe comes from Angeles Parlange's mother, who likes to serve it as an alternative to a mint julep.
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups mint leaves
- Juice of 7 lemons (about 1 1/2 cups), plus 1 lemon reserved for zest
- Juice of 3 oranges (about 3/4 cup), plus 1 orange reserved for zest
- Crushed ice
- Seltzer water (optional)
Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat.
Crush mint leaves in a large bowl with mallet or spoon. Add to saucepan. Add lemon juice, orange juice, lemon zest, and orange zest to saucepan. Stir to combine.
Pass mixture through fine strainer, discard solids. Fill glasses with crushed ice and 3/4 full with strained mixture. Top with seltzer to cut sweetness (optional).
SourceMartha Stewart Living Television