Easy and refreshing, this fresh-squeezed mint lemonade recipe is free of refined sugars and preservatives. Kids love it!
There is nothing better than an ice cold, refreshing glass of mint lemonade on a hot summer day. It's right up there with a classic burger or some homemade ice cream. Our homemade lemonade recipe is a healthy, all-natural twist on this American classic, sweetened with agave nectar. That means no refined sugar!
Making fresh lemonade at home is easy and affordable. I love the Mint Lemonade at Le Pain Quotidien, and this copycat recipe is just as good without breaking the bank.
What is agave?
Agave is a natural sweeter derived from the sap of the agave plant (a type of cactus native to Mexico). Agave syrup is a sweet brown liquid. After the juice is extracted from the plant, it is filtered, heated, and concentrated into a syrup. It tastes a little like molasses. Agave syrup is about 1.5 times sweeter than sugar, so you can achieve the same sweetness by using less.
- LEMONS: make sure to use room temperature lemons
- AGAVE SYRUP: for all-natural sweetness
- FRESH MINT LEAVES: a handful of mint leaves
- COLD WATER: we like to use purified water or filtered water
- ICE CUBES
How to make lemonade
- ROLL LEMONS: Roll room temperature lemons on a cutting board to prepare them for juicing.
- JUICE LEMONS: 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 can also use a juicer. This should yield about ¾ to 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.
- PREPARE THE MINT: Rinse fresh mint and chop roughly to release flavor
- MAKE LEMONADE: Combine lemon juice, agave nectar, and 5-6 cups of cold water (to taste).
- ADD MINT: Add freshly chopped mint and stir.
- REFRIGERATE: Add ice cubes and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let flavors mix.
- SERVE: Serve with lemon slices or mint springs as garnish
Use room temperature lemons for easier juicing. Roll them on a cutting board first to prepare them for juicing. The juice will come out easier and you will get better tasting lemonade.
- FRUITY: just a few sliced cherries, berries, or limes add another level of flavor (try our Blackberry Lemonade).
- SPARKLING LEMONADE: add some sparkle and fizz by substituting some of the water for club soda or sparkling water (try our Sparkling Cherry Lemon-Limeade).
- SPIKED LEMONADE: (not kid friendly!) spike this lemonade with vodka or bourbon for an adults only summer cocktail . Be sure to try our Lavender Lemonade Cocktail.
- ARNOLD PALMER: half lemonade, half iced tea makes a classic summer drink (try adding our Twisted Tea for a boozy version!)
STORE freshly made lemonade in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving (to allow the flavors to develop).
REFRIGERATE lemonade in a covered glass pitcher or plastic pitcher for up to 3 days after serving.
Fresh fruit (berries, cherries, limes) or some cucumber slices are great additions to this recipe.
Honey is a natural alternative to agave. Add a bit at a time to achieve your desired sweetness.
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- 6 lemons (at room temperature)
- ½ to ¾ 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 ¾ 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
Quick tip: use room temperature lemons for easier juicing!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 0 min
- Category: beverage
- Serving Size: 8 ounces
- Calories: 166
- Sugar: 27.9 g
- Sodium: 16.9 mg
- Fat: 1 g
- Carbohydrates: 46.3 g
- Protein: 1.3 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
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