Monday, December 14, 2009

Mint Lemonade

I found fresh mint for really cheap at my store last week, but didn't really know what to do with it.  I finally settled on making mint lemonade.  It was good!  I prefer ginger lemonade, though. 

Mint Lemonade
by What A Dish!

1 cup white sugar
1 cut water
1 cup fresh mint, packed
1 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
7 cups cold water

Wash mint and coarsley chop.  Bring sugar and 1 cup water to boil in a small saucepan, let simmer until sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.  In the meantime, crush the chopped mint in a mortar and pestle.  Add to the simmering water for the last minute or so; then turn off heat.  Let mint steep in sugar water for 15-20 minutes.  Strain into a pitcher, pessing on mint leaves with the back of a spoon to extract any liquid.  Discard mint.  Add fresh lemon juice and cold water to pitcher; stir.  Store in the fridge for a few hours or until cold.

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