Friday, 10 June 2011
Fresh mint lemonade
If I were stranded on a desert island in the scorching sun (if only) this is the drink I'd be dreaming of to quench my thirst. Homemade lemonade is pretty much unbeatable on a hot day anyway, but the mint raises this to a heavenly level of refreshing. If mint's not your thing, add a few raspberries instead and turn the whole shebang the most beautiful blush pink. Ahhhh.
FRESH MINT LEMONADE
Makes 4 large glasses
120ml (½ cup) lemon juice, and 4 strips of the pared rind
8 large leaves of fresh mint
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup water
cold sparkling water
1) Warm the sugar and water together in a small pan, stirring until the sugar dissolves, then leave to cool. This will be more than you need for this amount of lemonade but it will last for weeks in the fridge.
2) Place the lemon juice and mint in a blender with a splash of the sparkling water, then blend until the mint has broken down. Pour into glasses, top up with sparkling water and ice, then add the sugar syrup to taste. I find that about 4 to 5 teaspoons is about right, but then I like my lemonade on the tart side.