Light Orange Blossom Oranges

2 cups water
1 cup sugar
3 whole star anise
2 tsp orange flower water -- optional
6 large oranges
Fresh mint

Combine first 3 ingredients in medium saucepan. Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolved. Simmer until liquid is reduced to generous 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in orange flower water. Cover; chill until cold. Discard anise.
The above syrup can be made 1 day ahead.
Cut peel and pith from oranges with knife. Slice oranges crosswise into 1/3-inch rounds. Set in bowls. Spoon syrup over. Top with mint.
Make day before or morning of.

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