In a small saucepan bring sugar and water to a boil, add peel and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, bring to room temperature and strain out peel.
To a 2 quart pitcher add lemon juice, 1/2 cup of the syrup, and 5 cups water. Stir, taste, and adjust ratio of water and syrup as desired.
Serve over ice, garnished with a mint sprig.
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