Glass half full…
When it comes to summer refreshment, nothing says chilling out like a glass of ice cold lemonade! Perhaps it’s still the American in me, but I love making lemonade! It’s so easy to do (and yes, before anyone asks, I did make lemonade and sell it on corner as a kid. It’s part of every kid’s childhood really!). I whip up a batch of mint lemonade, let it chill overnight, and then it’s ready to go! Spending the day in the park? It’s the perfect tag-a-long! There’s something so refreshing about fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer’s day. The best part? It takes no time at all to make a refreshing batch of mint lemonade!
There’s something so refreshing about a nice cool glass of mint lemonade, especially in the sunshine! Just the other week, Mr. Actually and I spent several hours lounging in the park; you’d better believe we brought along a pitcher of mint lemonade that I’d made a few days before! The best part? It takes no time at all to make a refreshing batch of lemonade!
And now on to the recipe!
Easy peasy, lemon squeezy! A nice cool glass of lemonade is the perfect way to stay hydrated in the heat! Plus, if you’re feeling fancy, add a few mint leaves for an extra kick of coolness!
for the simple syrup:
for the lemonade:
8 ripe lemons, plus 1 for garnish
750ml cool water (+ 500ml extra)
1 bunch fresh mint (optional)
1 pitcher or carafe
1. In a saucepan, warm the 250ml of water and sugar on medium heat. Stir occasionally, until all the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is completely clear. It will have a slightly thicker, syrupy consistency. Take off the heat and let cool completely.
2. Cut one lemon into slices and add to your pitcher or carafe. Add a handful of mint leaves if using.
3. In a bowl, squeeze the juice from your remaining 8 lemons, and add to the pitcher.
4. Add your cool water, starting with the 750ml. Stir as you add, so that th lemon juice and slices mix in. Add about half of your simple syrup. Stir together and then taste.
5. Continue adding water and/or simple syrup until you get the taste you like. You can also add more lemon juice if you’d like an even stronger lemon flavor.
6. Once you’ve got the combination you’d like, put your pitcher in the fridge and allow to chill for at least 8 hours.