Easy to make and so fruity, this Mint Lemonade puts a refreshing spin on a classic. Each sip features a custom mint simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sparkling water. It’s the best summer drink everyone will enjoy!
The best summer drink that’s sure to refresh and delight!
There’s nothing quite as delicious as a refreshing glass of lemonade after a hard day’s work. Blueberry Lemonade and my Sparkling Hibiscus Lime Punch are summer classics, but nothing quite says, “it’s time to relax” like a glass of this Mint Lemonade. One sip and you’ll be hooked!
If you’ve never had the chance to enjoy a lemonade recipe with mint, prepared to be amazed. This sparkling mint lemonade features a homemade mint simple syrup that couldn’t be easier to put together. Once stirred into the pitcher with freshly squeezed lemon juice and sparkling water, you’ll be hit with a concoction with fruity, tart, and citrusy flavors that are completely irresistible (especially during summer).
Ingredients in homemade mint lemonade
This easy homemade lemonade recipe is made with simple ingredients. The taste is fruity, tart, citrusy, refreshing, and sweet! This is what you need:
Granulated sugar is heated and dissolved in water to make homemade mint simple syrup. This sugar syrup is what the lemonade needs to combat the tart lemon juice and bring sweetness to every sip. White sugar is standard in most simple syrup recipes but any other granulated sugar (like cane sugar or raw sugar) can be used.
This is needed to make the mint simple syrup.
Fresh mint leaves are steeped in the warm sugar and water mixture, transforming into a sweet, fruity, and refreshing mint simple syrup. Steeping the leaves rather than stirring them right into the lemonade is the best method because it infuses minty flavors into your drinks without getting flecks of green leaves in your teeth. It’s how I make my Frozen Mojito nice and minty without actually blending the mint!
According to the Farmer’s Almanac, mint is a very easy plant to grow and doesn’t need much maintenance. I recommend either planting it yourself in your garden or buying a mint plant for the very best results! When all else fails, picked and packaged mint leaves will do.
Freshly squeezed lemons are always the best choice when making a homemade lemonade recipe. They’ll always taste brighter, tart, and more vibrant than the bottled stuff.
Who doesn’t love some fun fizz? Sparkling water is poured into the mint lemonade at the end to take it up a notch while balancing the tart lemon and sweetness. Feel free to use club soda instead.
There’s plenty of room for creativity here, so go wild with the fruity and refreshing flavor pairings! These are my favorite ways to jazz up a glass of mint lemonade:
- Cucumber mint lemonade: Just when you think lemonade with mint can’t get any more refreshing, try adding cucumbers to the mix. Blend 1 peeled cucumber and strain it through a fine mesh sieve. Stir the strained cucumber juice into the lemonade and enjoy!
- Blueberry mint lemonade: Steep the mint leaves in my homemade blueberry syrup to help the lemonade taste berrylicious. If you don’t like blueberries, make the syrup with raspberries, strawberries, cherries, or blackberries instead.
- Frozen mint lemonade: Simply blend the mint syrup, lemon juice, and sparkling water together with a handful of ice (and maybe some vodka too) and enjoy!
Frequently asked questions
You’ll likely see spearmint and peppermint in stores. You’ll want to use fresh spearmint leaves because they’re milder and lighter in flavor.
Each lemon contains about 2 to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice. For this recipe, you’ll need 8 to 12 lemons depending on their size.
The lemonade will stay fresh for up to 3 days when kept in a pitcher in the fridge. Don’t add the sparkling water if you plan on making the lemonade ahead of time because it will go flat and lose its bubbles. Only add it right before serving.
Vodka is always a delicious addition to lemonade. Try adding 1 to 1.5 ounces to each glass!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lightly packed mint leaves about 20 leaves
- 1 ½ cups lemon juice about 8 large lemons
- 5 cups club soda
- Optional: extra mint leaves and lemon wedges for garnish
- In a small pot combine sugar and water. Over high heat, cook the mixture until the sugar dissolves, about 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the mint leaves. Steep the mint in the simple syrup for 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, remove the mint and allow the mint simple syrup to cool completely, about 30 minutes.
- Transfer the mint simple syrup to a large pitcher. Add the lemon juice and club soda. Stir to combine and serve over ice!