Summer’s here! Summer IS here! Okay, technically we have a few more weeks to go. But a sun loving gal like me just can’t resist celebrating when the wind blows warm and the grocery stores are stocked with lots of summery fruits and veggies.
Over the next few posts I intend to highlight many of my favorite summer flavors, starting with the always in demand – lemonade. Lemonade is popular around the world for many reasons. One, of course, is the sweet and sour taste. Secondly, it’s a great way beat the heat. There is something just so revitalizing about feeling the sun on your face while a cool drink trickles down your throat. And probably one of the biggest reasons is that it’s easily customizable to local flavors.
This recipe is a fun twist on the traditional lemonade. You’ll find that the mint and ginger flavors makes this drink really refreshing. Both mint and ginger are known to sooth the digestive track and promote digestion. They are used as natural remedies to combat nausea, indigestion, heart burn and a whole host of other discomforts.
Take a sip and let me know what you think. Also, I would love to hear what your favorite lemonade variation is.
Mint Ginger Lemonade
Makes: 4 – 6 servings
Ready in: 40 minutes
- 1/2 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
- 1/3 cup fresh ginger
- 1/3 cup honey
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 cups (about) cold water
- ice cubes for serving
1. Put 2 cups of water on the stove to boil.
2. Meanwhile, chop the mint into about 1/2 inch pieces. You want enough mint so that it measures 1/2 cup when you press down and pack the mint into the measuring cup.
3. Peel the ginger and chop into small chunks. Peeling is really optional (just a habit for me).
4. Once the water is boiling, remove it from heat. Stir in the mint, ginger and honey. Cover and allow it to steep for 30 minutes.
5. Strain the mixture into a container. I strained mine directly into the the serving jug. You could strain this into an air tight container if you want to store it for later. Press onto the solids so that you get the last drop of minty liquid goodness.
6. When you’re ready to serve, combine the extracted liquid with 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice and about 2 cups cold water. You may want to add more water if you want a milder taste.
7. Serve the drink over ice on a beautiful sunny day. For quick elegance, you can garnish the drink with lemon slices and mint leaves.