There is nothing I prefer more on a 99-degree day than lemonade in a clear cup. I know that’s pretty specific, but believe me – nothing is more refreshing. A lot of my lack of domestic abilities can be directly related to my mom, so it should be of no surprise that this lemonade recipe isn’t hers, but my dad’s. He used to make this in the summer for my sister and I, and honestly it’s one of my favorite go-tos when the heat is at the ‘sweltering’ level. And what better time to revisit this recipe than during the weekend that Beyonce comes back to our hometown of Houston, TX.
Patricio and I appreciate anything mint-infused, and after our bomb.com mint lemonades from Liberty Grill, we wanted to try making it for ourselves. As the days get even hotter, and you can find us poolside, we’ll have this lemonade and probably a BBQ pizza by the box. This is a simple recipe – albeit a little unorthodox – but trust that it’s fresh and hits the spot.
And what’s cuter than lemonade in milk jugs with mint straws? We’re not sure – but watch out Martha Stewart Living.
Muddler (or a bowl and metal spoon)
Lemons – tons, and tons of lemons
Sugar – handful? Cupful? I’ll let you know
Vodka (Completely optional – but its 5’oclock somewhere, right?)
Cut approximately 10 lemons into small wedges and throw into a large bowl. Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of sugar over lemons and start squeezing the juice.
Pour cold water over the lemon juice and sugar concentrate and cover with handfuls of ice. Stir and place in the fridge. The ice and water will dilute the concentrate, but if its still too sour just add sprinkles of sugar to your liking.
While the lemonade is chilling, chop fresh mint and place in a shallow bowl. Sprinkle a tablespoon of sugar over and muddle until the mint extracts the natural juices – Set aside.
After 30 minutes to an hour, grab the bowl of lemonade out of the fridge and mix in the muddled mint and honey – Stir until honey dissolves.
In a pitcher combine ice with two shots of vodka (not judging if you add four.... or six) and pour the lemonade mixture over. With a few stirs and added lemon slices you’re good to go. You can serve in your favorite cup accompanied by cute straws. Not only is this a great treat to have in the fridge, lemonade is now the universal symbol of empowerment thanks to America’s Queen, Beyonce. But don’t let this recipe limit you! Try it with peaches, lavender or even watermelon. We can’t wait to see your variations!
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