**Edited 6/28/2020 to include YouTube instructional video
Lemon Lovers search no more! I have been trying all kinds lemonade recipes in order to bring you the very best and after much research, have stumbled upon an incredible recipe!
Quite a build up right?! Well, if you’ve squeezed, strained and puckered up as much as I have recently you’d be tooting a horn too! Since I’m pre-puckered and all…
If Live Gives You Lemons… Add Mint! ~NikiDee
Being someone who can’t leave recipes alone, a flourisher if you will, I knew that plain ol’ lemonade wasn’t what I was looking for. After trying many recipes that were too weak or waaay too sour I found the perfect balance of sweet to pucker. BUT, it needed something more… enter the flourish!
Yes! You guessed it. MINT!
If your garden is anything like mine, your mint is going crazy right now. It was the first herb to come back with a vengeance. I’d like to take credit but we both know I have a camo thumb and these things are hit or miss for me.
Of course, if you’re not a flourisher like me (hey, maybe I can be a super hero? The Flourisher!) you can leave out the mint. But, I’d like to gently persuade you to give it a try.
There are other herbs you can play with here. How about some basil in place of the mint? Or go real crazy and use both basil AND mint. Now how’s THAT for a flourish?
Here’s the Easy Peasy recipe:
A crisp refreshing beverage using two summertime favorites
- 1-3/4 cups organic sugar
- 8 cups water
- 1-1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Optional: Several sprigs of mint
In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature*, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.
Cut several sprigs of fresh mint (keep it on the stem). After your simple syrup cools to room temperature, pop mint into container with syrup and refrigerate over night. Next day, discard mint and pour simple syrup into your lemon/water mixture.
What do you like to add to your lemonade?