5-minute Mint Lemonade

It seems as if this is turning into a bit of a food blog. That was never my intention, but given that I cook or make food almost everyday, it’s often the easiest thing to share.

In an effort not to drink wine last night, I opted to make this perfectly fresh, wonderfully simple mint lemonade. Tart, fresh, and sweet, this hits all the notes for me and feels well suited to the warmer days ahead. It also plays nicely with gin, bourbon, or vodka if that’s your thing ;)

1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
A package or fistful of mint stripped from the stems
3-4 cups of cold water
1/2 cup sugar

(Makes 3-4 servings)

  1. Roughly tear the mint into pieces and place in the bottom of a pitcher.
  2. Pour the sugar over the mint and muddle (smash) it with a wooden spoon to help release the oils.*
  3. Pour in the lemon juice and 3-4 cups of cold water. Start with less and adjust for taste preferences.
  4. Stir until sugar dissolves and serve over ice. Enjoy!

*You could choose to make a simple syrup here if you like, heating equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves and the mint infuses, but I found that this quick and dirty version has plenty of flavor and the sugar still dissolves.

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