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 healthy, all-natural twist on this American classic: fresh mint lemonade sweetened with agave nectar.
Quick Tip: use room temperature lemons for easier juicing
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. I have also learned (through cleansing) that agave is a natural sweetener with health benefits. It is 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. Throw away the canisters this July 4th and take a little extra time to make the family an all natural, refreshing treat.
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)
- 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
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