Fresh Minted Lemonade

"Ooh, with lots of mint! Screams SUMMER! Adapted from Cooks Illustrated, their most popular recipes!"
 
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Ready In:
15mins
Ingredients:
5
Yields:
1 1/2 quarts
Serves:
6
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ingredients

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directions

  • Mash lemons, mint leaves, and sugar (and salt, if using) in a large, deep bowl with potato masher or back of wooden spoon until lemon slices give up their juice, sugar is dissolved, and juice is thickened to syrup consistency, about 4 minutes.
  • Pour half the lemon slices and syrup through a large sieve over bowl; press on solids with masher or back of wooden spoon to release as much liquid as possible.
  • Discard solids; move liquid to serving pitcher.
  • Repeat process with remaining lemon slices.
  • Stir in water until blended.
  • Chill well and stir to blend before serving, over ice. Enjoy!

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Reviews

  1. cathysamartzis
    Amazing!!! Truly Amazing! The Mint takes this lemonade to another level. And although the method is a little labour intensive, it is well Worth it! Yum, Thanks for a great recipe I will use again.
     
  2. Calee
    I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. Love the addition of the mint. When I use a big batch of mint I wash the mint and then use my salad spinner to dry them well. I did cut the sugar back to just one cup and didnt add the salt. Very refreshing drink. Some members in my family added some vodka to theirs. I love this recipe and its going in the binder for safe keeping thanks Sharon for sharing this recipe with us!
     
  3. Bev I Am
    Very freshing! I love the added flavor of the fresh mint! I think it may be easier to use my juicer next time I make this. Thanks, Sharon123!
     
  4. Rita1652
    Refreshingly Minty Good! Didn`t use the salt and cut back on the sugar by 1/2.
     
  5. evelynathens
    Definitely a 5-star lemonade, and that because of the mint - What a wonderful addition. It made the lemonade so refreshing and pretty. This will definitely become my standard recipe as I always have more mint leaves than I know what to do with. Keeper.
     
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