Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Minty Limeade

makes ABOUT 2 QUARTS Makes 8 servings
Recipe from
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

Start by making mint infused simple syrup. You’ll end up with plenty more than this recipe calls for, but that’s great if you make lots of iced tea or other cold beverages which need a bit of sweetening.  Mint simple syrup can keep for a while in the fridge. Then fill your glasses with ice, a bit of fresh lime juice, mint simple syrup and club soda and you’ve got yourself a refreshing summer drink.  If you're so inclined (as I was) try adding a splash of vodka.

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, washed with stems removed
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice or lemon juice
vodka (optional)

Make mint simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and mint in a saucepan and bringing it to a boil then immediately allowing it to simmer for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain the leaves.

To assemble the limeade, add about 1 ounce each of the simple syrup and lime juice in a tall glass filled with ice.  Add ½ ounce to 1 ounce of vodka, if using. Top with about 6 ounces of club soda. Stir. Garnish with fresh mint or a lime wedge.

Try making up the syrup and freezing the extra in ice cube trays. 

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