Mint Lemonade
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Recipe type: Miscellaneous
Serves: 2½ quart pitcher
  • 3-4 lemons
  • large handful of mint
  • water
Simple syrup:
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup sugar
  1. I made this in a pitcher that holds 2½ quarts of liquid.
  2. Start by making the syrup. Dissolve the sugar in boiling water. You can also combine the water and sugar in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil on the stove. The point is to dissolve the sugar. It is much easier to add a syrup to the lemonade than to try to dissolve sugar crystals in ice cold water.
  3. I like to add some mint to the syrup as well. Steeping the mint in the hot syrup will extract even more mint flavor than just adding it to the lemonade. You can also make a large amount of simple syrup and store it in the refrigerator and making Lemonade will be even easier.
  4. Squeeze the juice of 3-4 lemons into a pitcher. You can also use limes or oranges if you'd like.
  5. Using a vegetable peeler, peel off thin layers of the lemon zest and add it to the pitcher. You can also slice ½-1 lemon.A
  6. Add another handful of mint to the pitcher.
  7. Fill the pitcher with water, remembering to leave a little room for the syrup. Stir in the syrup, mix to combine and enjoy.
  8. The longer the Mint Lemonade stands, the more flavorful it becomes. If you're not going to drink it in an hour or two, discard the mint and lemon peel. The mint will become brown and the lemon peel will give your Lemonade a bitter note. Keep a pitcher of Mint Lemonade in your refrigerator and you will make your family very happy this summer.
Recipe by Olga's Flavor Factory at