If you like aromatic herbs and the lift of citrus, Healthy Mint Lemonade will soon be your favorite drink! This post will show you how to make the most delicious summer refresher.
Lemon and blueberry pancakes are the best and the lemon vinaigrette on my quinoa lentil salad, well, it’s divine! So you see, when I like something, I REALLY like it. And that’s lemons. And mint too. The two are a combo that’s fantastic.
I don’t want to wait any longer. Let’s stir up some lemonade! And then we can relax with a good book and a glass of Healthy Mint Lemonade. Or sip lemonade while we watch the kids play in the sprinkler. Or pour some of this delicious and cold refresher into a water bottle and get some steps in. No matter what you’re doing, you are going to love this amazing drink. Yum!
Are Lemons Healthy?
Lemons are amazingly healthy. Natural sugars in lemons give you carbs and there are vitamins like B6 and C. Lemons have soluble fiber and also contain antioxidants that can do things like help your skin. What else?
- Lemons in water can increase your citrate levels, benefitting your kidneys
- Your immune system gets a boost from the Vitamin C
- Pectin in lemons helps the digestive system
Lemon does a whole lot more than these points, too. Read the 9 Amazing Benefits of Lemon Water to learn more.
What Are The Benefits Of Mint?
What does mint have going for it? We all know that it’s helpful to an upset stomach and relieves indigestion. It may have a positive effect on irritable bowel syndrome as well; however, this was noted with oil capsules rather than mint leaves.
For some, mint (or the compound from peppermint oil, menthol) can give breathing relief when congested from a cold. Although studies provide mixed results, one study did say that inhaling the scent of peppermint gave increased alertness and reduced fatigue.
Even though most recorded benefits come from peppermint oil, the mint leaves themselves have Vitamin A, iron, folate, and manganese. Like mint, so many things have benefits:
What Is In This Healthy Mint Lemonade?
This Healthy Mint Lemonade has just a few ingredients and that’s exactly what I love about it. It’s clean eating, it’s fresh, and it quenches your thirst. It’s a fabulous alternative to soda too!
What’s in this Healthy Mint Lemonade? Just look below!
Let’s start with the simple syrup:
- ½ cup raw honey
- 2 cups water
For the lemonade:
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (this is about 6-8 lemons)
- ½ cup fresh whole mint leaves
I’ve got a Strawberry Mint Lemonade also. Check it out!
How Long Will This Healthy Mint Lemonade Keep?
This Healthy Mint Lemonade will last a week in the fridge. Honestly, we usually finish the lemonade in a day or two, but when there are leftovers, I take the mint leaves out and discard them, and add fresh mint when enjoying the remaining lemonade the next day.
What Is Simple Syrup And How Do I Store Extra Simple Syrup?
Simple syrup is basically water and sugar heated up. This melts the sugar (in this case, raw honey) and makes a nice smooth sweetener for the drink. And to note, when you are making the recipe you’ll no doubt have some simple syrup left over. I store it in a jar in the fridge until next time or up to one month.
More Healthy Drink Recipes
Refreshing and delicious drinks are the best when you’re thirsty! Here are more ideas for the next time you’d like to sip on something cold.
- Homemade Lemonade + 4 Easy Lemonade Recipes
- Strawberry Mint Lemonade
- How to Make Homemade Soda
- 4 Healthy Iced Tea Recipes for Summer
- 7 Ingredient Healthy Coffee Smoothie
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Are you looking for a fresh and tangy way to quench your thirst? This Healthy Mint Lemonade will soon be your favorite refreshing drink!
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 2 cups water
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice about 6-8 lemons
- 1/2 cup fresh whole mint leaves
Make a simple honey syrup by combining raw honey and 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until honey is dissolved and then let cool.
Pour lemon juice and remaining 4 cups water in a large pitcher. Add 1 cup of the simple honey 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.
To store extra simple syrup, put it in a bottle and place in the fridge for up to 1 month.