Apr 10, 2011

Turkish Mint Lemonade

It almost seems like we skipped spring this year!
The weather has been incredibly sunny and hot for this time of year and I can see a new freckle appearing on my nose every day. So it doesn’t come as a surprise that our barbecue parties already made a comeback. I wanted to make a non-alcoholic* refreshing drink and looked up this recipe I knew from visiting Turkey. It has the most refreshing minty and citrusy flavor without being neither too sweet nor too sour.

What I like most about this recipe is that you can make more lemon syrup and store it in the fridge to dilute with water to make lemonade whenever you want.

The pictures are not that lovely since it was already getting dark when I was serving the peppermint lemonade but everybody loved it and that’s the most important point for me.

Recipe, serves 6 (translated from the original):


2 cups of lemon syrup (recipe below)
2 cups of cold water
2 cups of ice (and some more for serving)
1.25 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice
Fresh mint leaves and lemon/lime slices for decoration

How to:

Mix all the ingredients in a pitcher filled with ice and serve with sliced lemons and some mint leaves.

Recipe for lemon syrup (makes 2.5 cups of syrup):

A bunch of fresh mint leaves
2 cups of water
1 cup of granulated sugar
Grated rind of 3 lemons and 1 lime

How to:

In a small pot, combine the water, sugar and grated rind and bring to a boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the mint leaves and let everything cool for an hour. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and store in a glass bottle in the fridge. This way you can keep it for several days and dilute it the way I mentioned above.

*of course you can always add Limoncello or Vodka to mix alcoholic drinks ^^

hint: Next time I'll try it with basil instead of mint, should also taste amazing!



Mairyliscious said...

Love mojito!!!!!!

Larissa said...

Oh wow, this looks so fresh and delicious, just the right drink for weather like this! (can't believe this is happening in April in Switzerland...!), x, Larissa

Elisa @ Crazy, Amazing Life said...

oooh, that sounds delicious! We also started barbecuing again, so a BBQ party is just around the corner, I'm sure :-)

Unknown said...

ooohh mis gibi ne güzel icilir o simdi ! =)

Inattendu said...

Sounds good, I think I'll try this today

minkandbird said...

Yum... that looks so refreshing.
I feel like making some even though it is freezing cold over here!
I will be craving this for days now! Hope you enjoyed it, bet you did!
Love x

Anonymous said...

Try this with ginger as well. I had a lemon and ginger mojito and it was gorgeous so I'd say ginger would work well with this as its very similar to a mojito

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