After working hard outside all day, all you need is a super refreshing drink. Maybe this Mint Lemonade is for you!
My family has a cabin in the mountains near Bakersfield, CA. The cabin is beautiful and I have so many amazing memories of spending time with family and friends there. I LOVE the place.
Every year, before the middle of June, we have to make a trip up there to do brush clearance. Basically, we have to clear the property of all the dead pine needles and any dead tree branches on the ground since they are a fire hazard. It is hard work, but I still enjoy spending time with my family and friends.
After finishing most of the work, I made us this refreshing mint lemonade. At first, my dad said it tasted interesting. He wasn't expecting the combo of mint and lemon. Eventually, he said he enjoyed it, but maybe that is because he is my dad 😉
I did get a win, though. My little bro (the eleven-year-old) loved it immediately and he is not one to hold back his opinions on food!
So, why don't you give it a go after a long day working in the yard. Maybe even add a little vodka like my step-mom and I did!
- 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!