If you follow I Spy Plum Pie on facebook you may have seen that I have been the recipient of an impressive stash of lemons from my parents trees in recent weeks. If you’re not, can I be so bold as to suggest maybe you should be? It’s as easy as clicking like in the box in the sidebar, or visiting here instead! Lemons never last long in my house as we all have a multitude of uses for them, but one sunny Saturday morning I decided to embrace my inner child and make some lemonade. I fancied it up a little bit with the addition of mint and the end result was delicious! I can see this being made over and over this summer (well, as long as my supply of lemons holds up!) and I have a sneaking suspicion it might work rather well as a base for cocktails too!
I don’t like things too sweet so cut down on the amount of sugar used, so feel free to up it (1:1 ratio with the boiling water is generally used) if you prefer things on the sweeter side!
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- 5 lemons
- Large bunch of mint
- Cold water
- Whisk the sugar in the boiling water until dissolved (on the stove or using water from the kettle)
- Add mint leaves and the zest of 2-3 lemons to the sugar mixture and press firmly to help release the flavours
- Set aside to cool and allow the flavours to develop
- Add the juice of the lemons to a jug
- Strain the sugar mixture and add to the lemon juice in the jug. Top up with cold water, stir well and refrigerate to chill
- Serve with lemon wedges and mint leaves
As an added bonus, I was playing around with some other flavour combinations so I thought I would share them with you too! They both use the same basic process, minus the mint!
For this delicious concoction I just added some strawberries to each serving glass and let it sit for a few minutes in the fridge to add some subtle sweetness to the lemonade – SO good.
And this yellow goodness was made using a mix of orange and lemon juice, with some orange zest going into the sugar syrup as well. Citrusy and delicious!
What flavour combinations would you like to try?