My sister had just bought some lemons and in anticipation for summer to come, I wanted to make of my favorite drinks – lemonade! She had some berries and I just recent found out that my mom grew mint in her garden (I’ve wasted so much money buying mint in the past years, SMH) so I decided to combine it all to make a berry mint lemonade!
- Serves 1
- I made individual drinks in each cup so just multiple the recipe for multiple cups.
- 1/4 glass of fresh or frozen berries
- 3 tbsp fresh squeeze lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons depending on how big and juicy your lemons are)
- 3 tbsp mint simple syrup – 3 tsp granulated sugar, 3 tsp boiling water, 5-10 mint leaves
- Half cup of water or sparkling water
- [Optional] Extra berries and mint leaves for garnish
Notes and tips
- You can make as much or as little simple syrup as you want. It’s one part sugar and 1 part water. You can store it in the fridge for about 3 months and use for other drinks.
- Add more or less mint leaves in the simple syrup depending on how minty you like it.
- Play around with the amount of lemon juice, simple syrup and berries if you like it sweeter, more tart, etc.
- Add a shot of tequila or vodka to make it a cocktail 🙂
Putting it together
Making the simple syrup
- Add the sugar and boiling water in a heat proof cup/bowl/container. Mix until the sugar is dissolved.
- Add in the mint leaves and muddle.
- Let mixture sit for at least half an hour (the longer the better).
- Once the mint has been infused, strain out the mint leaves and keep the simple syrup for your drink.
- Squeeze lemon(s) for lemon juice.
Making the lemonade
- Muddle the berries. You can muddle it in your cup if it’s not fragile. Otherwise, muddle the berries in a separate container.
- Add in the lemon juice.
- Add in the simple syrup.
- Top off with ice (if prefer) and water or sparkling water depending on preference.
- [Optional] Garnish with lemon slices, mint leaves, berries, etc.
I don’t know why, but I was surprised at how good this was! It was super refreshing with a delicious balance of sweet and tart. I loved the mint flavor that it added to this drink as well (but I’m bias as I love mint!). Overall, not only did it look pretty, but it was a successful drink and I would make it again for a summer day or would even make a batch of it when I’m hosting people.