It has come to our attention that some of our readers are teetotalers. So this drink’s for you. The rest of you lushes can spike the pitcher.
Limeade with mint
- 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/4-1 1/2 cups fresh lime juice (about 8-12 fresh limes)
Juice limes, strain pulp and set aside. Combine water, sugar and mint leaves (roughly torn) in two-quart pot on the stove. Bring water to a boil, stirring occasionally to make a simple syrup. Allow to cool completely. This will let the mint leaves steep longer. Once cooled, strain simple syrup to remove mint leaves. Combine with the lime juice. This will provide your base, almost a concentrate. Add water, tonic water or spirits to your taste. We tend to pour it in a two-quart pitcher and fill it with water. We have some friends who drink the base straight. They’re nondrinkers and like the sugar rush.
Want to impress your friends? Have extra mint leaves? Place one in each pocket of an empty ice cube tray, fill with water and freeze. It’s a magical, minty elixir.