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Flower Power-ade

Cool off with this refreshing lime and orange-ade with hints of zinnia – scented and flavored with the light floral essence of fresh zinnia flowers.

Ah, the taste of summer!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Party Serving

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Ingredients

Zinnia Power-aid:

  • 1/4 cup tightly packed zinnia petals or hibiscus flower
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup honey or white granulated sugar
  • 2 limes, juice and zest
  • 2 oranges, juice
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint leaves

Garnish:

  • 1 zinnia, petals removed

Directions

Rinse zinnia blossoms and pull petals, being careful to remove seeds.

First, make a zinnia syrup by placing petals in a small saucepan; add 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, lime juice and zest, orange juice, and fresh mint. Bring mixture to boil and cook until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool for 2-3 minutes.

Strain syrup mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher to strain out petals and lime zest.

Finally, add the remaining water to a pitcher.

Chill or serve immediately over ice. Garnish by floating fresh zinnia petals in a glass.

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