Sparkling Ginger Mint Lemonade

With the long holiday weekend drawing near, what better way to kick back and relax than with this refreshing take on lemonade. I begin by making a sugar syrup (two cups of sugar and one cup of water brought to a simmer), to which I added several sprigs of fresh mint, and about two inches of peeled fresh ginger. I let the syrup steep for ten minutes and then strained it. Start by filling each glass with ice (I also rimmed mine by dipping each into lemon juice, and then into granulated sugar, which adds a festive touch), a few lemon slices, and several torn mint leaves. Add one part freshly squeezed lemon juice, one part sugar syrup (or to taste), and four parts club soda. This lemonade is sweet, tart, and refreshing. For an added kick, add a splash of your favorite vodka, and you have a delicious cocktail, perfect for any fourth of July barbecue. Enjoy!

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13 responses to “Sparkling Ginger Mint Lemonade

  1. Not only refreshing, but delicious. And, I think that little addition of vodka would be divine! Happy 4th.

  2. So refreshing! I love the idea of putting sugar on the rim of the glass. Thanks!

  3. Sounds like the perfect drink for a summer party (especially with the vodka stirred in). :)
    I’ve got loads of mint growing in my garden, too, so I’m always on the lookout for ways to use it up.

  4. Right on time for the holiday weekend. Great pics!

  5. Yup… this would be my all time favorite drink. Must make this ASAP. I think we have some fresh ginger and some mint in the fridge…

    I made fresh lemonade for a party a few years ago that was spiked with vodka… it was a hit. Going to have to try this out for the next BBQ we have.

  6. Oh my! This looks delicious, and completely refreshing! :) Definitely going to try this soon.

  7. Looks refreshing and delicious. Great photos.

  8. Absolutely brilliant! Gorgeous drink and wouldn’t you know it, lemon and ginger just happen to be two of my very favourite flavourings!

  9. I have a ton of mint in my backyard and have been wanting to make ginger lemonade, didn’t think of adding mint. I’ll have to try it!

  10. Looks so good, and I love the kick idea:)

  11. Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Summertime Sipper Contest! It looks delicious!

  12. For my extra “kick” could I add two splashes of vodka? :)

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