Maybe because it’s summer. Maybe because it’s finally sunny in San Diego. Maybe because I’m really looking forward to our trip to Austin in October. Maybe because I love lemons…and mint. For whatever reason, I really wanted some homemade lemonade. Some homemade mint lemonade.
For me, homemade lemonade makes me think of front porches and hot days, of sweet children and parades and of, well, summer. The addition of mint makes this lemonade one refreshing, cool and sweet drink.
I toyed with the idea of making this drink into a cocktail by adding some Vodka or Tequila, but it was just too good the way it was. Fresh. Clean. Pure.
Homemade Mint Lemonade
recipe adapted from Bobby Flay
2 cups granulated sugar
6 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh whole mint leaves
Make a simple syrup by combining 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bringing to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then let cool.
Pour lemon juice and remaining 4 cups water in a large pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple syrup and taste. Gradually add more simple syrup to reach desired sweetness. Stir in mint leaves and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve over ice.
If you don’t finish the lemonade the first day, I recommend discarding the mint leaves because they will lose their minty freshness and turn brown.