Fresh Mint Lemonade


I absolutely love lemonade, and with Summer around the corner, mint lemonade is perfect.  I first made mint syrup at university for a Sorority Cook-off. We had to make a variety of drinks to go with our barbecue menu, and one of my sisters figured if we made a big batch of syrup we could use it in anything – mint iced tea, faux-jitos, strawberry mint smoothie.  Why the mint obsession? Basically because mint makes you feel like you are cooling off.  We won best drink, hands down 😉

While we didn’t do mint lemonade at the time, i make my own lemonade all the time, and I couldn’t help but add some mint to it after that Cook-off. Its a great easy staple for the summer, and juicing all those lemons is a good arm workout.

Fresh Mint Lemonade

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (you can to 1 cup for less sweet lemonade)
  • 10-12 mint leaves
  • juice of 4 lemons
  • 5 cups water
  • ice (as needed)

In a large saucepan heat water and sugar on medium until sugar completely dissolves.

Crush mint leaves with a spoon or in a pestle and add to sugar-water until bubble start to form (before boiling)

Turn off heat and set aside to cool to room temperature

While cooling, squeeze your lemons and collect the juice in a jug.

Add ice, as you prefer, and then 5 cups of water to the lemon juice in the jug

Finally, strain mint leaves from the syrup and add to the jug

Mix with a large spoon so it combines.

You can add a few mint leaves if you like, or keep the mint leaves from the syrup to add extra flavour.

Serve immediately or chill in the fridge.


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