Nothing cools the hot summer days other than a homemade cold drink. My favorite drink to make during the summer is Lemonade with mint. Lemonade with mint is easy to make and refreshing.
I love my lemonade with mint to be full of flavor; therefore, I only use fresh ingredients. Later, I will discuss how to highlight and strengthen the flavors of mint and lemon. For now, here is what you need:
Fresh Mint: Fresh mint is essential for this recipe. Do not use dried mint; it is not as strong and can be bitter. We will be using fresh mint to make the sugar syrup and the base of the lemonade.
Granulated Sugar: You can use granulated white sugar for this recipe or caster sugar.
Fresh Lemon: What is lemonade without fresh lemon? We will be obtaining lemon juice and lemon zest from our lemon.
Sparkling Water: I highly recommend the use of sparkling water as it takes this drink to the next level. With that said, you can use regular water if you want.
Making the Sugar Syrup
The sugar syrup is the lemonade with mint sweetener. It is also the hub of all the flavors.
To make the syrup combine the water, sugar, zest of one lemon, and two sprigs of fresh mint in a medium saucepan at medium to low heat. Occasionally stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves; this takes about 10 minutes. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove the lemonade syrup from heat.
Let the lemonade syrup cool down to room temperature before use.
Homemade Lemonade with Mint
In a 1.5 Liter flask, add some slices of lemon and fresh mint leaves. I added about four mint leaves.
Then, pour one cup of fresh lemon juice.
Then add the sugar syrup we made earlier and sparkling water. Then mix using a spatula.
Here you have it, homemade lemonade with mint. The lemonade with mint can be stored in the fridge for up to two days in an air-tight container.
Homemade Lemonade with Mint
- 168 grams of granulated sugar
- 225 ml of Water
- 2 teaspoon of Lemon Zest
- 2 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
- 4 Slices of Fresh Lemon
- 4 Mint Leaves
- 225 ml of Fresh Lemon Juice 6-7 Lemons
- 675 ml of Sparkling Water
- In a medium saucepan at medium-low heat, add the sugar, 225 ml of water, lemon zest, and two sprigs of fresh mint. Let the sugar mixture sit on heat for about 6-10 minutes, occasionally stirring, until all the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar dissolves, remove the sugar syrup from heat and let it reach room temperature before use. Once the syrup reaches room temperature sieve it to remove the lemon zest and mint.
- Next, in a 1.5 Litre flask, add four slices of fresh lemon and four mint leaves to the bottom.
- Then pour to the flask the fresh lemon juice, sparkling water, and sugar syrup made in step 1. Afterward, stir the lemonade with mint using a spatula.
- The lemonade with mint is best served cold. I highly recommend adding ice cubes to each serving cup.
- The lemonade with mint can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two days. You can replace sparkling water with water.