Written by contributor Marieke Beeler of M for Mommy.
We’re pretty much a soda-free house. For parties we might have a few cans of soda in the fridge to serve to guests, but between my husband and myself, the number of sodas consumed over a year, can be counted on one hand. So, this lemonade is one of our favorites in the summer. It is easy to make and the fact that it uses only fresh ingredients makes this drink the ultimate refreshment for a warm summer day.
The lemon and lime are the refreshing factors in this summer drink, while the mint adds just a bit of spice to it. And the colors…well, they scream “SUMMER” as much as they possibly can.
This lemonade can be an easy afternoon refreshment, yet it is also perfect to serve at parties. The recipe is easy to convert into a larger-quantity drink to suit the needs of a a larger crowd at parties and summer get-togethers. And because it holds well overnight, it can be prepared the evening before, leaving you with one less thing to prep for your summer bash. (If you prep it the evening before, refresh the mint leaves before serving. Fresh leafs just look prettier.)
Here’s to summer!
Lemonade with Lime & Mint
4 lemons, plus slices for garnish
3 limes, plus slices for garnish
1/3 cup fresh mint leafs
3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus additional if desired, divided
8 cups cold water
Squeeze the juice from the lemons and limes over a strainer into a glass measuring cup (about 1 cup of juice). In the bottom of a tall pitcher, use a wooden spoon to gently mash the mint leafs with 1/4 cup of the sugar. Add the strained juice and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Add the cold water and the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar to the pitcher. Stir well to dissolve the sugar.
Taste for sweetness and add more sugar, if desired. Chill before serving.
Serve the Lemonade with Lime & Mint poured over ice in tall glasses, garnished with lemon and lime slices.
If you want to make sure to stay hydrated this summer, check out Marieke’s post on infusing water (the natural way) with fruits and herbs at M for Mommy.
Recipe originally from The Deen Brothers.
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What is YOUR favorite summer drink?