Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sparkling Mint Lemonade

This is one of the most refreshing summer time drinks I have had in a long time!  It's the perfect combination of Mint and Lemon.  Spike it with a little vodka or rum and you've got yourself an amazing little cocktail, too....perfect for your next summer party!

Sparkling Mint Lemonade

1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
8 fl. oz. simple syrup (directions below)
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
6 cups cold water
Ice, as needed
2 cups sparkling water
Lemon slices and raspberries for garnish

Simple Syrup Directions:
Mix 3/4 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water in a saucepan.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture thickens slightly, then let it cool before using.  Note: This makes slightly more than the 8oz required for this recipe.

In a pitcher, combine the mint leaves and the 8oz of simple syrup. Using a wooden spoon, gently muddle the mint leaves. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water. Add ice and the sparkling water just before serving.  Garnish with lemon wheels, a few raspberries, and mint leaves. Makes 12 drinks.

For the adult version:
Add 18oz of a citrus vodka and a few ounces of Grenadine (optional) to the lemonade.  It will complement the taste of the fresh lemon juice fabulously.  If you’re a mojito fan, add rum to the lemonade instead, for a unique twist on the original.