Homemade Lemonade is not just for summertime! I make a batch of this and keep it in my fridge often. It is perfect for cocktails, added to confection sugar for icing on a cake, warmed during sore-throat season, or simply drink it for a very refreshing cool drink!
You can make it as sweet as you want, or not very sweet at all, or you can add stevia instead, or if you grow your own stevia (which grows easily indoors), add the leaves in with the lemon juice and water, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Yields 2 cups
- Lemons – ½ cup freshly squeezed (about 3 lemons)
- Sugar – ½ cup (or your preferred sugar substitute)
- Water – ½ cup (for simple syrup) plus more to top it off
- Mint – ½ up fresh mint leaves
- Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a simmer, add mint leaves, and simmer just long enough to dissolve the sugar
- Turn it off and let it cool completely, allowing the mint essence to add to the flavor
- Strain syrup, add lemon juice, and enough water to make 2 cups of finished lemonade
Ready to sip as is, add to a favorite cocktail, or simply pour a little over ice and top it off with sparkling water!