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Orange-Mint Drink

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.

  • servings: 8




  • 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)


  1. Step 1

    Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Stir until sugar dissolves. Turn off heat.

  2. Step 2

    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.

  3. Step 3

    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).

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