June 27, 2010

Garden Mint Lemonade

There's a load of mint taking over my garden and I absolutely love it. I'm putting it into everything and the more I pick, the more it grows. Mint is one of those brilliant things that just thrives no matter what, my kind of plant! I used a mixture of spearmint and peppermint for this gorgeous summer drink.


Garden Mint Lemonade
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup packed full of mint
Handful of icecubes
  • First add the sugar and water to a pan and heat gently to dissolve the sugar.
  • Leave the syrup to cool. Juice the 2 lemons and pour into a large jug with the syrup.
  • Crush the ice and mint together. I did this in a food processor and it really does push your food processor/blender to the max! Only do this if you know your machine can handle ice.
  • Add the minty ice slush to the jug and mix with the syrup and lemon juice.
  • Top with as much water as you like and keep tasting it. I added about a litre of water to mine as I didn't want it too sweet.
  • Serve with more ice and a few mint leaves.

Sipping this on a summer day is what it's all about. But I can't help think that next time I'll try and make it with half brown sugar/half white and I'll add a good glug of Bacardi rum. Yum!

Lilly x

8 comments:

  1. I'm all for that Bacardi!!

    I'm in the process of making elderflower cordial - and I used half white half light brown sugar, I think this was a bit of a mistake as the colour is just not right!!

    Adding the mint to your lemonade is a wonderful idea, so much more refreshing :-}

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  2. loving the rum....I’ll try this..sounds like just the thing in this hot California Sun....My neighbors have a lime tree...I think I’ll try it with those...

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  3. Two glugs of rum, Lilly, make it two glugs. You have the best food presentation photos in the whole of Ireland.

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  4. Today I made mojitos in a similar way. Crushed the mint and ice together in a sandwich bag with a hammer. Twas terrible messy! Then made the syrup but with limes and a tiny bitta chilli then into a glass, add lashings and lashings of barcardi and a smidgen of honey rum then top it up with soda water. I was driving so my dad and uncle got to sample them and they weren't complaining :)

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  5. MMMMM,..your mint lemonade looks luscious!!!

    I think for next time the added rum would be lovely!

    Yummmmm,...!!

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  6. Thanks everyone, I'll have to add rum the next time!!
    Brownievillegirl: I'm sure the cordial will taste gorgeous though! I'm made the Hugh F.W elderflower champagne and it'll be ready to drink next weekend! I can't wait to taste it!
    beatnheart: Lime is a great idea too, total mojito experience!
    Mise: Ah stop! Thanks a million! 2 glugs it is so!
    LittlemissS: That sounds amazing! I love the idea of adding chilli!
    Sophie: Thanks!

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  7. That sounds so amazing and yes I think the rum is wise............ I did something similar added lime rind and mint to the water and sugar and reduced to almost a syrup .... strained it ,then added sparkling water, fresh lime juice, rum or vodka , crushed ice and fresh mint leaves.

    Tried it with lemons too both versions great!

    I am going to make your one for the weekend when I have some willing accomplices

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  8. That sounds flipping delicious, I'm totally giving that a go!

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