mint lemonade (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, paleo, egg-free, grain-free)

Mint and lemon is one of the most wonderful food combinations that ever occurred – in my opinion, at least. The sweet, fresh taste of homemade lemonade filled with a myriad of little sacs of juicy beads mixed with the crisp, slightly sharp bite of mint is just the ideal summery beverage.

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Fresh peppermint must be the easiest plant you could ever grow. I haven’t killed it (yet), and that says a lot! It makes the house smell wonderfully fresh and it’ll enable you to make an unlimited amount of homemade mint lemonade. Heaven? Why, definitely.

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Memories of hours spent in the scorching sun from my third-culture-kid childhood fled into my brain as I took a sip. I remember the Syrian fruit monger who slipped me the juiciest fresh peaches every time I visited, resulting in gloriously sticky hands and fragrant rivers of juice running down my chin. The quaint Qatari cafe in which I would always, always order the mint lemonade, and received it with a smile which became a language in a matter of seconds; he didn’t speak English and I not enough Arabic to converse, but a smile said it all.

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Bursts of acidic lemon juice interspersed within the otherwise sweet, refreshing nectar. Can you tell I love it?

Mint Lemonade

by Alessandra Peters

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients (1.2 litres)

  • 150 grams granulated sugar
  • juice of 5 lemons
  • 250ml water
  • 30 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 litre cold water
  • ice, to serve

Instructions

1. Place the sugar and 250ml water into a small saucepan over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar has completely dissolved into the water, about 10 minutes.

2. Add in the fresh lemon juice, then dilute with the additional 1 litre of cold water.

3. Refrigerate for at least two hours or until completely cool.

4. Place your mint leaves and homemade lemonade in a blender, then blend for 20 seconds.

5. Strain the mint lemonade using a very fine sieve to get rid of any bits of mint leaf.

6. Pour the mint lemonade in to tall glasses and top up with ice.

7. Enjoy!

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