There is nothing better than an ice-cold, refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. In preparation for the upcoming holiday weekend, here is a refreshing, all-natural twist on this American classic: fresh mint lemonade sweetened with agave nectar.
I have always loved lemonade. Who hasn't? Unfortunately, I think for the first eighteen years or so of my life, I had no idea that it could be made any other way besides opening a canister labeled "Country Time". When I discovered fresh lemonade, it was a revelation. I absolutely love the mint lemonade at Pain Quotidien, and have been making my own version at home for some time now. I have been using agave nectar to sweeten it more recently, as I have learned (through cleansing) that agave is a natural sweetener with health benefits. It is also extra sweet, so you don't need a lot of it.
The fresh mint plant from our garden was begging to be plucked. I decided this was a great opportunity to try my mint lemonade out on Keith and the kids. Despite a few puzzled looks, those mason jars full of fresh, yummy goodness were met with smiles of approval. How could it not be? Throw away the canisters this July 4th and take a little extra time to make the family an all natural, refreshing treat.
a kid approved, all natural, and refreshing beverage for your summer cookouts
- 6 Lemons, room temperature
- 1/2 to 3/4 C Agave Nectar (to taste)
- Handful of Fresh Mint
- 5-6 Cups Cold Water
- Ice Cubes
- Roll room temperature lemons on cutting board to prepare them for juicing
- Cut lemons in half and juice (I use a fork to "twist" juice out, placing a sieve over my liquid measuring cup to catch unwanted seeds)
- You should have about 3/4 to 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
- Rinse fresh mint and chop roughly to release flavor
- Combine lemon juice, agave nectar, and 5-6 cups of cold water to taste
- Add freshly chopped mint and stir
- Add ice cubes and refrigerate for 30 minutes
- Serve with lemon slices or mint springs as garnish