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.