Last summer I started making homemade lemonade. If you are a fan of the site you likely are familiar with my Strawberry Mint Lemonade that I posted last summer. What I didn’t share last year was this amazing recipe for Mint Lemonade. This drink is found in a lot of Scandinavian cafe’s around NYC and I just love the flavor combination. The fresh, cool mint is also perfect for those sweltering NYC summer afternoons.
What I love the most about these lemonade recipes that I’ve been creating is that they are so fast and easy. Absolutely no fuss, which is a must. Every weekend I open up a new bag of lemons and whip up a fresh batch to enjoy during the week and it’s always a hit with the neighbors and visitors that stay with us.
But don’t stop at these two recipes. If you haven’t discovered the Lavender Lemonade that I posted a few weeks ago, you are definitely missing out.
Hope you enjoy this as much as we do!
Peeled Zest and Juice of 6 lemons
6 cups of Water
1/4 cup Sugar*
1 tsp Mint Extract
Place 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and add in your lemon zest (peeled with a vegetable peel), sugar or desired sweetener. Over low to medium heat gently stir until sugar is dissolved and then allow the mixture to steep for about 5 minutes. Don’t let the water come to a simmer or boil.
In a large bowl, add in lemon juice (strained) and the remaining 4 cups of water. Next using cheese cloth or a mesh strainer, strain the steeped sweetened water (this will help remove the lemon peel from your finished lemonade). Stir in the mint extract and either pour into a pitcher or bottle up for easy grab and go convenience.
* can subtitle with Agave, Honey, or decrease amount of sugar to meet your sweetness preference