Orange Spice Cooler

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I’ve come to realize that drink recipes are some of the most popular posts here on Girl Cooks World.  I guess it’s probably because they’re an easy way to try something new and exotic without a whole lot of time, effort or money.  So in the spirit of giving the people what they want, here’s a quick drink recipe.

Orange juice is complemented by a light cardamom and clove syrup and finished with a sprinkling of basil seeds as a garnish.  This was my first time using basil seeds but they acted quite similar to chia seeds; within a couple minutes of soaking they become rather gelatinous, just like the chia seeds in chia fresca.

These little black seeds pack a health punch as well: various sources online claimed that basil seeds were good for digestion, detox, weight loss and treating colds and respiratory disorders.  Not too shabby for a pretty little garnish…

Orange Spice Cooler

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients:

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 3 cups water
* 1 clove
* 2 cardamom pods
* 3 cups orange juice
* Basil (tulsi) seeds, for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Combine the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil with the cardamom and cloves. Simmer until reduced by a third.

Remove from heat and allow to come to room temperature. Discard the cloves and cardamom pods and add the orange juice. Refrigerate until well chilled. Float some basil seeds as a garnish.

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