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For the Orange Syrup

  • Juice and zest of 7 oranges
  • 1 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 3/4 cup water

For the Zesty Orange Soda

  • 1 small orange quartered
  • 1 ½ - 2 tablespoons orange syrup or to taste
  • Ice
  • Club soda or seltzer


  • Make the orange syrup:
  • In a medium saucepan combine orange juice, zest, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved and the mixture has a light syrup consistency. Remove from heat and allow to steep for about an hour. Strain the zest and store the syrup in a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Makes about 2 1/2 cups of orange syrup
  • Make the orange soda:
  • To a tall glass add quartered orange pieces. Muddle with a muddler or back of a wooden spoon until the orange releases its juice and fragrance. Add the simple syrup, followed by the ice. Give it a quick stir and top with seltzer.