Mint Lemonade
Recipe from Midwest Living

Use fresh lemons and limes to make this crisp and refreshng cold summer drink.



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Servings: 5 to 6
Prep Time: 10 mins
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Ingredients
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    2   cups 
    sugar
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    2   cups 
    water
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    1 1/2  cups 
    lightly packed fresh mint leaves
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    lemons
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    limes
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    Chilled water
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    Lemon slices and/or thin wedges
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    lime slices and/or thin wedges
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    Small mint sprigs (optional)

Directions
For mint syrup:

1.
In a medium saucepan, heat and stir the sugar and 2 cups water over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat. Stir in 1-1/2 cups mint leaves; cool for 20 minutes at room temperature. Strain mixture, discarding mint leaves.
2.
Finely shred 1 tablespoon of peel from lemons and limes. Squeeze juice from lemons and limes (should be 2 to 2-1/2 cups total). In a 2-quart jar or pitcher, combine cooled mint syrup, citrus peel and citrus juice. Cover; chill for at least 4 hours to 24 hours.
3.
Just before serving, stir mixture. To serve, mix equal parts of citrus mixture and chilled water (about 1/2 cup of each). Add slices or wedges of lemon and lime. Pour into ice-filled glasses. If you like, garnish each glass with additional mint. Makes 5 or 6 servings.
Variation
  • Fizzy Frisky Whiskey: Prepare Mint Lemonade. Just before serving, stir mixture. For each serving, pour equal parts fruit syrup mixture concentrate and lemon-lime carbonated beverage (about 1/4 cup each) into an ice-filled highball glass. Add 2 tablespoons blended whiskey, rye whiskey or bourbon; stir gently. Garnish with orange twist and a maraschino cherry.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 359, Fat, total (g) 1, carb. (g) 102, fiber (g) 8, sugar (g) 85, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (IU) 49, vit. C (mg) 142, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 4, sodium (mg) 12, Potassium (mg) 289, calcium (mg) 141, iron (mg) 6, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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