Thursday, May 14, 2015

Refreshing Mint Lemonade

Happy Thursday, friends!  It seems like just yesterday I was bundled up and dreadfully awaiting a second snowpocalypse in Atlanta (I totally got stuck in the one made fun of on SNL - thank goodness for nice strangers!), but now it is mid-May!  Although the summer has not officially begun, it is already in the high 80s here.  When temperatures rise, I always look forward to spending time outdoors with loved ones, and this recipe for a refreshing mint lemonade is perfect for the upcoming hot summer days.

Mint Lemonade:
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped mint leaves
Begin by making a mint simple syrup - mix sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot and bring to a boil, stirring regularly.  Once at boil (and sugar is dissolved), remove from heat.  Place chopped mint leaves in a separate heat resistant bowl.  Pour water and sugar mixture over mint leaves and cover.  Let steep until syrup is room temperature and then refrigerate to chill.
I opted for fresh squeezed lemon juice, removing the seeds but leaving the pulp.  If you don't have the time (or patience) for squeezing 8 lemons to death, I think using 1 cup of store bought lemon juice and 1/2 cup fresh squeezed would still make a delicious lemonade!   
To finish, simply mix lemon juice, mint simple syrup and remaining 7 cups of water in a larger pitcher.  Stir and garnish with a lemon slice and mint leaf!  This recipe yields 60 ounces of refreshing lemonade. 

Thanks for stopping by!  What's your favorite way to put a twist on a summertime classic?