Prep time: 10 minutes
I love lemonade. Its so refreshing. My favorite thing to eat with lemonade is a soft pretzel. I get this combination at the local farmer’s/flea market here in DC. And boy does it taste good when you’re out braving the summer swelter! This recipe is super easy, super quick, and just as refreshing. I’ve added some mint, so here’s a tip depending on how minty you like your recipes. If you love mint, muddle it before you put anything into the carafe or pitcher. If you’re not huge on mint, add the leaves at the end and they will add an ever-so-slight mint flavor. For those parents out there, this drink can be diluted in delicious fashion by adding club soda. This recipe has something for everybody!
Juice of 5 large lemons
1/3- 1/2 C simple syrup (see below for instructions on how to make)
2 1/2 C cold water
6-8 mint leaves
1. Make simple syrup in a small sauce pan under medium heat. Simple syrup is equal parts sugar dissolved in equal parts water. In this case, that would be 1/2 C water and 1/2 C sugar. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool down to room temperature (I actually take the syrup and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes). Depending on how sweet you prefer your lemonade, add between 1/3 C and 1/2 C simple sugar in step 4.
2. Juice five lemons. You can do this by hand, using your other hand to catch any seeds. You can also use a manual juicer, which I think gets the most juice out.
3. This is the time to decide whether you want to muddle the mint or just add it in. Both options are delicious!
4. Combine mint, lemon juice, simple syrup and water. Pour over a glass of ice and enjoy!
So fix yourself a drink and take to the porch with a good book or magazine. Or serve it to your neighbors when they stop by after an evening walk. Or if you’re feeling really spry, add a little nip for an adult treat!
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