They say there is no such thing as perfection. But during hot summer days, there is. And my Mum ‘invented’ it; it’s called the best mint lemonade recipe ever!
We (me and my Mum) did not use to be huge lemonade drinkers a few years back (until we realised we can put fresh mint into it). I mean… it’s easier to drink a nice, cold glass of water straight away because it is so hot and you don’t want to ‘waste’ any energy (or sweat) on preparing a drink. But why not pamper yourself (and your loved ones) from time to time with some extra vitamins and flavour by serving them the best mint lemonade you can make?
Pinkie promise it’s not difficult and all you need are lemons and some water. And the mint, of course. Oh, and the honey. You can still count the ingredients using your fingers, so it counts as an “easy recipe”.
For the perfect mint lemonade recipe, you will need:
- a few lemons – I went for 3 medium ones – (depending on how sour you’d like your drink to be) I would recommend to not let yourself carried away, the lemon flavour should be subtle, that’s what makes lemonade so refreshing. Aren’t extra sour things making you sweat? (it’s just me?!)
- fresh mint leaves
- about 1.5 l of cold water
You can find fresh mint pretty much in every market or store, but there’s no better feeling than taking fresh mint from your own garden (or your parent’s…).
My Mum and I developed a ‘technique’ for making lemonade. Water goes last. *wink*
Start by cutting the lemons in halves and squeeze them in a large carafe. Use whatever you want: your hands, a fork or some other fancy tools like this one here. As long as you don’t add the seeds you’re all good.
Add a few tablespoons of honey to the lemon juice. 2 to 3 are usually enough to me. But if you serve this to kids, for example, you might want to add an extra one.
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Roughly chop the mint leaves (after you’ve washed them) and add it to the lemon/honey ‘mixture’. With a long wooden spoon, start mixing everything up making sure you give the mint leaves a squeeze every now and then. This ‘technique’ will help the honey dissolve faster and all that minty, fresh flavour come out.
Now it’s time to add the cold water.
Taste it to see if it’s sour or sweet enough. Add some extra lemon slices for an extra fancy look and a stronger lemon flavour.
Some extra tips:
- try adding mint syrup instead of honey. You won’t regret it;
- add some lime juice as well – goes unbelievably well with the mint;
- if you have to deal with picky kids, add some orange juice;
- don’t be afraid to add some extra fruits or juices as well (honeydew is amazing).
I know that this recipe is insanely easy, but there are people that are struggling to find the perfect balance between sweetness and sourness in a good lemonade. And I was one of them.
Preferably to be served cold with your loved ones during a relaxed summer afternoon.