There is nothing better than an ice-cold, refreshing glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. It's right up there with a classic burger or some homemade ice cream. In preparation for the upcoming holiday weekend, we're sharing one of our favorite recipes for fresh lemonade. This is a healthy, all-natural twist on this American classic: fresh mint lemonade sweetened with agave nectar. That means no refined sugar!
Quick Tip: use room temperature lemons for easier juicing and better tasting agave mint lemonade.
I have always loved lemonade. 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 Le 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 am trying to limit our our refined sugar intake. Through cleansing) that agave is a natural sweetener with health benefits. It is extra sweet, so you don't need a lot of it.
We had just cut some fresh mint from our garden. So, I decided this was a great opportunity to try my agave 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. Throw away the canisters this July 4th and take a little extra time to make the family an all natural, refreshing treat.Print
Free of refined sugar and preservatives, Agave Mint Lemonade is a cold, refreshing beverage that you can make in minutes. Kids love it!
- 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!
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