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Fresh mint lemonade, anyone? Try these crowd-pleasing easy recipe to make your own homemade mint lemonade, made with fresh lemons and mint, that the whole family is sure to love!
Now that the warmer weather has made its appearance here in the Midwest, it’s time for my homemade mint lemonade recipe to make its debut! I can’t even tell you guys how desperate I’d been for even a warm day here in Michigan. I would’ve settled for a 60-degree overcast day these last few weeks! Lately, we’ve been having some cold, chilly, rainy weather that reminds me more of Fall than Spring. But, that’s Michigan! I’ve found that we really only get fairly decent weather from June through mid-September.
Suddenly, although there’s still spots of rain here and there, nicer weather is finally here and I couldn’t be happier! Personally, I feel like I get more stuff done on warm, sunny days. My soul craves sunshine! I tend to feel more motivated and inspired when the weather is nice.
With all this sunshine we’ve been getting, we even decided to surprise our boys with a trip up to Petoskey, MI this weekend! By the time you guys are reading this, we will be headed up north to experience the beautiful city with our kiddos.
So…what better time to share this homemade mint lemonade recipe than now? This will actually be the first time I’m sharing this recipe with my readers because I wanted to make sure it was perfect before sharing with you.
How To Make Homemade Mint Lemonade
This lemonade is so easy to make and is so refreshing on a hot summer day. My husband loves when I make this lemonade for him, especially since I started adding fresh sprigs of mint to it! The mint and lemon flavors are perfection together.
P.S. Want to know a little secret that is not-so-secret?
I don’t buy fresh mint – I pluck it out of my neighbor’s yard!
With her permission, of course.
My sweet next door neighbor actually grows mint and offered her plants up to me anytime I need fresh mint. Although she has multiple plants and plenty to share, I only ‘steal’ some leaves from her when I make this lemonade recipe. I want to start growing my own this mint plants summer, but isn’t she just so kind to offer?
Thanks, Michelle! This one’s for you!
And don’t worry about my sweet neighbor, I give her plenty of bell peppers and onions from our vegetable garden. I love that we are both so willing to share and help one another out. Tell me in the comments below if you have an incredible neighbor like I do!
For this recipe, all you really need is fresh mint, lemons, water, and sugar!
Yep, that’s it! It’s super simple to make and tastes incredible.
To start, mix together one gallon of filtered or bottled water and the juice from 8-10 lemons in a beverage dispenser. If you trust your tap water or have a filter on your tap, feel free to use that as well. I am a water snob and like to have everything filtered when I can help it.
For the lemon juice, I like to cut my lemons in half, and then squeeze each half into the water. I ended up using 8 lemons for this recipe in a 1.5-gallon beverage dispenser.
You can stir the juice and water together using a wooden or plastic spoon or just let the flavors infuse in the fridge (more on that below)!
Once the lemon juice and water has been gently combined, stir in one cup of granulated sugar.
Stir, stir, stir!
As far as lemonade goes, most people are used to the super sugary version that is sold in stores or in restaurants. If your taste buds prefer a sweeter lemonade (or your lemons are on the super sour side), try adding in more sugar (up to two cups total) and testing it until you are happy.
If you like your sugar to be completely dissolved, you may want to try to make your own simple syrup! This is done by adding equal parts sugar and water to a saucepan and heating. When the mixture is clear (not cloudy), remove the pan from your stove and allow it to cool. Then, add the mixture to your lemonade and stir.
Finally, add in some fresh sprigs of mint – feel free to stir the mint leaves into your lemonade for a stronger mint taste.
Once your lemonade is finished, chill it in the fridge for a minimum of two hours. The longer, the better!
This allows the flavor from the lemons and mint to infuse and make one tasty homemade lemonade. Plus, I think lemonade tastes better when it’s really cold. I usually leave mine in overnight for a good six to eight hours because I like tasting the mint flavor.
Once it’s been chilled, feel free to pour yourself a tall glass, toss in a few ice cubes, and sit back in the sunshine sipping on your refreshing mint lemonade!
This mint lemonade is perfect for summer days, barbeques, parties, baby showers, bridal showers, and friendly get-togethers. Every time I make this drink, I receive tons of compliments from all those who drink it – it truly is a crowd pleaser!