Combine sugar and water. Tear six mint leaves in half and place into Quick-StirŪ Pitcher; set aside. Finely chop remaining leaves and place into bowl with sugar & water. Zest orange, one of the lemons and one of the limes using Zester/Scorer; add zest to mint mixture. Microwave on HIGH 2-3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
Slice orange, both of the lemons and both of the limes in half crosswise. Reserve half of one lemon and half of one lime for garnish. Juice remaining lemon and lime halves; add juices to pitcher. Juice orange with Juicer; add juice to pitcher.
Pour mint mixture through Strainer into pitcher; discard chopped mint. Add rum, if desired. Carefully add soda to avoid overflow. Slice reserved lemon and lime halves; place into pitcher. Place lid onto pitcher and plunge gently. Serve over ice.
Submitted by: LESWHO