This Mint Lemonade is without a doubt the most refreshing drink ever! Cheap to make and easy enough to mix up in just five minutes (active time), it’ll become your go-to drink for hot summer days!
Did you ever buy mint for a recipe and have some left over afterward? What the heck do you do with leftover mint?
Or maybe you have a garden and once made the optimistic decision to plant a little slip of mint. But then the mint ran absolutely wild all over your yard and your neighbour’s yard and it’s taking over ditches and lawns and flower beds all around town. Mint is like that.
So you have some mint to work with.
What to make? Why, only the most refreshing, summery, brightest drink you’ve ever had. Fresh mint lemonade.
Serve it on ice, serve it with a splash of sparkling water, serve it with alcohol. Pack it up in a thermos to keep it cold and take it on a hike. Have it with a picnic. Take it to the beach.
It’s that refreshing.
In about five minutes of active time, and just some waiting time along with it, you can be drinking it too!
** Also, if you’ve been stocking your freezer with frozen lemon juice like we have, feel free to use it in this recipe! You won’t even notice a difference!
Check out the step-by-step photo instructions below the recipe.
Refreshing Mint Lemonade – Step-by-Step Photo Instructions
Refreshing Mint Lemonade – Ingredients
First you need to make a simple syrup. It’s much easier than it sounds. Start with equal parts water and sugar. For 2 glasses of mint lemonade I used 1/2 cup of each. You can easily halve, double or triple this recipe though. I used water filtered through our Brita instead of tap water, to avoid a chlorine taste.
Whisk water and sugar together, in a medium sized pot over medium-high heat. Right around the boiling point the sugar should be completely dissolved in the water. If you’re not sure you can touch it and rub your finger and thumb together – there should be no graininess. Remove it from the heat. That’s how easy it is to make a simple syrup!
For the purpose of this amazing mint lemonade, we’re making mint-infused simple syrup. So give your mint a quick rinse, pull the leaves off (the stems can sometimes be bitter) and stir the leaves into the hot simple syrup. Cover with the lid of the pot and leave to steep for about 30 minutes – until the liquid has cooled off and absorbed the taste of the mint. This recipe is flexible in that you can work with a little bit of mint or a lot – just adjust steeping time for flavour. I had a small handful of mint leftover from another recipe.
In the meantime, juice your lemon (if you’re using fresh lemons – you could also use frozen lemon juice!). I needed around 1/4 cup of lemon juice, which in my case was the juice of around 2 lemons. It might be more or less, depending on how juicy your lemons are, or how tart you want your lemonade to be. Did you know that if you microwave a lemon for 15 seconds before you cut it and juice it it (certainly seems to) release more juice?
Once your syrup is cool, mix together 1/4 cup lemon juice, 3/4 cup mint simple syrup and 1 cup of filtered water. This recipe doubles or triples easily. Chill, or if it’s cool enough, serve over ice.