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Mint Lemonade

This quick and easy mint lemonade uses fresh mint from the garden to make a refreshing summer drink. Add a little bourbon or gin to make a cocktail!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 137kcal


Mint Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh mint, loosely packed + rinsed


  • 6-8 lemons (approx. 1 cup fresh lemon juice), plus 1 more for garnish (sliced and deseeded)
  • 4 cups water
  • optional: handful fresh mint leaves

Optional Hard Lemonade Add-Ins:

  • 9-12 oz bourbon, gin, or vodka, depending on desired alcohol content (optionally, add 1-½ to 2 oz alcohol per 8 oz of lemonade)


  • Make simple syrup by adding sugar, mint and 1 cup water to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then remove from heat. Set syrup aside and allow it to cool.
    Sweeten the Lemonade with Mint Syrup
  • Meanwhile, juice lemons until you have about 1 cup of juice. Pour juice into pitcher, and add 4 cups of cold water. 
    Juice the Lemons
  • Strain the mint out of the syrup. Add half the cooled syrup, and taste the lemonade.  Add the remaining syrup if desired.
    Tip: Store any leftover syrup in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a month.  
    Sweeten the Lemonade with Mint Syrup
  • Serve in a pitcher, or in glasses filled with ice.  Garnish glasses with fresh mint.
    If serving hard, add liquor to pitcher, or add to individual glasses as serving.
    mint lemonade in glasses


Makes about six 8-oz servings
To use dried mint: Make sure the dried mint is still fragrant.  Use about ⅓ cup dried mint instead of 1 cup fresh mint.
Recipe variation: Swap the water for sparkling water.  Serve immediately.
Nutrition information does not include optional alcohol.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 2mg