There's nothing quite like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day. Add some mint, and you've got a refreshing Mint Lemonade that's perfect for enjoying poolside or any time of year!
Take your homemade lemonade to the next level with this easy, refreshing sparkling Mint Lemonade!
We all know how amazing a cold glass of lemonade feels going down, especially on a hot day! But what if we told you that adding mint to your lemonade could make it even better?
Mint is a great way to add a little extra flavor to your lemonade without making it too sweet. And, it's perfect for summertime drinks!
For this recipe, you'll make a simple mint-infused simple syrup by boiling water, sugar, and mint together. Add it to a classic lemonade recipe using fresh lemons and bubbly seltzer water and you've got a new summer favorite you can enjoy any time.
Whether you're enjoying a Mint Lemonade by the pool or sipping on one at your favorite summer BBQ, this is the perfect drink to cool you down.
Why Make This Recipe
- Mint Lemonade is a super refreshing twist on classic lemonade.
- The mint gives this drink a kick of flavor that's perfect for summertime.
- It's easy to make and can be easily tailored to your own taste and sweetness preferences.
- Mint lemonade is a great way to use up any mint you have growing in your garden.
- Add some lime juice too for a tasty Mint Limeade.
- Fresh Mint - This lemonade is infused with the fresh flavor of mint to give it a nice kick.
- White Sugar - Used to make the mint-infused syrup that also sweetens the drink perfectly.
- Lemon Juice - Adds a tangy citrus flavor to the drink from freshly squeezed lemons. You can add some lime juice too!
- Tap Water - Used to help make the syrup and thin it out so it can be poured and mixed.
- Seltzer Water - Gives this lemonade a unique bubbly texture that is super fun and refreshing.
- For Serving - You'll need some ice, lemon slices, and additional mint sprigs to garnish the drink.
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Make the mint simple syrup: Put the mint, sugar, and tap water into a small saucepan. Stir, bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and allow to cool, then strain out and discard the mint leaves.
Squeeze: Squeeze your lemons or a mix of lemons and limes.
Mix the lemonade: Once the syrup is cooled, add it to a large pitcher along with the lemon juice and seltzer water. Give it a light stir.
Garnish and serve: Add in the slices of lemon and additional mint. Serve chilled over ice in your favorite glass.
If you enjoy more of a minty flavor, add additional mint leaves to the syrup before boiling.
Make sure the syrup is completely cooled before adding it to the rest of the ingredients. This will help ensure everything stays chilled properly.
When mixing the ingredients, only give it a light stir as the carbonation in the seltzer water will dissipate with vigorous movement.
For best results, serve immediately to keep the seltzer water nice and bubbly.
You can use plain water instead of seltzer water to make this lemonade.
Use flavored seltzer water instead of plain to change up the layers of flavor in the drink. My favorite flavors include cranberry, raspberry, or strawberry.
If you want a truly minty drink, add some mint extract along with the mint leaves to the syrup.
Make it boozy! Add in your favorite vodka or rum for a spiked version of this drink.
Add cucumber to the lemonade for an even more fresh flavor.
Instead of using sugar, try using agave or honey for a refined sugar-free lemonade.
Storage & Freezing
Storing: If you're using seltzer water, mix and serve immediately while it's still carbonated. If using plain water, this mint lemonade can be stored in the fridge without garnishes for up to 5 days.
Freezing: If you're using plain water, you can freeze the lemonade into ice cube trays and use them to sweeten up and flavor a cold drink. Freeze for up to 2 months.
The mint flavor in this lemonade is very light. If you want a stronger mint flavor, I suggest adding additional mint leaves to the syrup while it's boiling.
Yes, you can use store-bought mint syrup to save time. I would recommend using about ¾ cup of mint syrup for this recipe.
I like to use spearmint or peppermint for this recipe, but any type of mint will work.
If you're not a fan of mint, you could try using basil or lavender. I would recommend using about ¼ cup of either herb.
- ½ cup tap water
- ¾ cup fresh mint
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup lemon juice from approximately 4 lemons (or a mix of lemon and lime juice)
- 3 ½ cups seltzer water (or plain water)
- Put the mint, sugar and tap water into a small saucepan. Stir, bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely, then strain out the mint.
- Add to a jug with the ice, slices of lemon, lemon juice, mint and seltzer water (or regular water).
- Serve chilled.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.