Do you follow me on Instagram? Last summer I posted a picture of the most amazing limeade from the local Salt Lake City farmers market. The flavors were amazing with a combination of lime and mint. I knew I’d need to remake it eventually. It slipped my mind until recently when I was trying to think of some fun ways to bring the St. Patty’s green into our diet. Dax isn’t a huge fan of the mint, but I could drink an entire pitcher all on my own!
I found the original recipe over at Food Network but had a hard time getting the sugar to blend well leaving the drink a little on the gritty side. After playing around with the assembly I think I have finally perfected my new summer time favorite.
- 1-1/4 cup sugar divided
- 1 cup water
- 4 lemons
- 3 limes
- 1/3 cup fresh mint leaves
- 7 cups cold water
Combine 1 cup of the sugar with the 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Cook until the sugar is dissolved and remove from the heat.
Squeeze the lemons and limes over a strainer until you get one cup of juice. In a tall pitcher add the remaining sugar with the mint leaves. Slightly mash to infuse the flavor. Add the juice and mix until the sugar dissolves. Stir in your simple syrup and the remaining 8 cups of water. Stir and enjoy.
If you’re looking for a refreshing way to stay hydrated this is the recipe for you. Even without the mint it’s a keeper. You might need to add an extra lemon or lime depending on your tastes. We went through a gallon fairly quickly between me and the hubby. I’m sure this will be making an appearance throughout the summer. Especially for birthday’s and barbeques. What are your favorite summer time drinks?