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Monday, June 2, 2014

Sparkling Mint Lemonade

It's June and that means it time once again for The Secret Recipe Club reveal!  This month I was assigned to the blog Love and Flour written by southern girl Leandra who says baking is her first love.  (and I can so relate to that! Cooking is fun...but baking...THAT is the best! ) She also claims to be a Buckeye turned Gator, which I think means she is originally from Ohio, like me! (she can correct me if I am wrong on that assumption!)  Her beautiful blog is full of mouth-watering recipes. I bookmarked several to try including Summer Berry Cookie Bars and Flourless Chocolate Cookies to name a few.  But....since it's June and summer is nipping at our heals, I thought I'd make her Sparkling Basil Lemonade recipe, only since I have a huge pot of fresh mint, replace the basil with mint!  What a refreshing, delicious drink to sip on during the hot summer!!

Sparkling Mint Lemonade: Refreshing and not too sweet!  #drinks #lemonade



I don't know about you, but there is nothing like sipping on some lemonade in the summertime!  I think summertime and lemonade were made for each other.  The addition of mint and some carbonated soda really takes this drink over the top.  It's not too sweet, so if you prefer your beverages a little sweeter, you can add more sugar.  I think it's also perfectly acceptable to replace the sugar with stevia or agave or any other sweetener you prefer.

Sparkling Mint Lemonade: Refreshing and not too sweet!  #drinks #lemonade

Make sure you save some slices of lemon and some fresh mint to garnish.  I think it looks so pretty together!

Sparkling Mint Lemonade: Refreshing and not too sweet!  #drinks #lemonade

You'll need to sip on this as soon as you add the club soda, or you will miss all that lovely effervesence.  If you want to make a pitcher up ahead of time, just wait to add the bubbly right before you are ready to serve!

Sparkling Mint Lemonade: Refreshing and not too sweet!  #drinks #lemonade

I loved this take on Leandra's recipe...and so will you!  Next time I make this I am totally using basil, as called for in Lenadra's version because I love the taste of both mint and basil!  I've paired fruit with basil in the past (Fresh Strawberry Basil Sorbet) and I know it works well.  I might even add a splash or two of vodka as well!

Sparkling Mint Lemonade: Refreshing and not too sweet!  #drinks #lemonade


Sparkling Mint Lemonade

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Sparkling Mint Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh mint, plus additional for garnish
  • 1 liter bottle of club soda or a unsweetened sparkling water (try a citrus flavored one for extra citrus zing in your lemonade)
  • 1 cup FRESH squeezed lemon juice ( I got enough from about 3 large lemons)
  • Ice
  • lemon slices for garnish, if desired

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the 2 cups of water, the sugar and the mint. Heat to just boiling, stirring occasionally,then turn off and allow the mixture to sit for 20-30 minutes off the heat.
  2. Strain the mint sugar water mixture into a 2 quart pitcher. Discard the wilted mint.
  3. Add the lemon juice to the pitcher. (at this point you can refrigerate until ready to serve and then add the club soda) Add the club soda and a few scoops of ice. Garnish as desired, serve over ice and enjoy!
Yield: approx. 8-9 cups
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Total time: 40 mins.

Adapted from Love and Flour

Servings - 8-9 cups   Serving size - 1 cup   Points Plus per Serving - 2 Points+
Calories - 79,   Total Fat - 0g,   Carb - 21.4g,  Protein - 0.1g,  Fiber - 0.1g

Printable Recipe 

Looking for more refreshing summertime drinks?  Try these:
Watermelon Mojito from The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch
Peach Lemonade from The Foodie Affair



25 comments:

  1. Oh this does sound so lovely, refreshing, and perfect for summer! Your pictures are so pretty. I have to tell you I stopped being notified by email of your new posts so I tried subscribing again, thinking somehow I must have unsubscribed, but nope, it says I'm already subscribed and can't do it again! Any clue as to why I stopped getting emails?

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    1. I've noticed the emails have stopped too. I'm not sure what the deal is. I have to look into it. Thanks for letting me know V!

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  2. Mint makes everything better!

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    1. I could not agree more, Medeja! Mint is one of those flavors that is so wonderful!

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  3. The thought of lemon and mint mixed is absolutely refreshing! Great pictures

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    1. It really is!! I loved the combination!

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  4. This post is almost too refreshing and beautiful! Can't wait to try this now that the summer season is upon us!

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  5. I love LeAndra's blog :) I made her salted vanilla chip cookies for my SRC post - and they were the same cookies she sent me for a christmas cookie swap one year! :) Your choice of lemonade for these hot days we have been having!

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  6. I love lemon anything and lemonade is one of my favorite summertime treats!! The perfect thing to refresh you in the FL heat!!

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    1. It is so refreshing, esp with all the bubbly!

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  7. i love mint! what a great twist on lemonade :)

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    1. I love mint too! Yes, Leandra's recipe really caught my attention! That's why I had to make it!

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  8. Sounds wonderful- I'll definitely be trying it with Splenda- and maybe the vodka too ;-)

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    1. I am going to do vodka the next time around too!

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  9. This looks fantastic Renee. I wish we lived close by, I'd love to sit and have this with you!! :)

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    1. OMG...that would be so much fun! I'd love that Roz!

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  10. Oh this sounds super refreshing with basil or mint! It's common here that you see this with an added slice of cucumber... which I always end up noshing on :)

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    1. cucumber sounds like a wonderful addition! I've had cucumber drinks, and they are very refreshing. But I love cucumber anything!

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  11. I haven't made homemade lemonade since I was a kid but you've inspired me to get squeezing again! Your recipe sounds so delicious and refreshing. Now I just need a hot sunny day to make it! x

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  12. Making homemade lemonades is one of my favorite summer activities. This sounds wonderful - both variations sounds wonderful!

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  13. Fresh mint with lemonade is a winning summer combo! So refreshing and flavorful! Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

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  14. hey it looks so refreshing,, n its so easy.. thnx for posting.. i ll definately give it atry

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