Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Vanilla Mint Sweet Lemonade (BEST EVER) - 52 Backyard Drinks

If Southern Sweet Tea is the house wine of the south, then this version of Lemonade is from the gourmet wine section.

So many layers of flavors, from the aroma of the vanilla that whispers around your nose as you lift the glass to your mouth to the Earthy Peppermint flavors that surround your taste buds.

If you saw yesterday's post I made a batch of Mint Simple Syrup that I used to sweeten the pucker of the lemons.  Sure enough, the syrup adds a sweetness that twice the volume of sugar could not add.

Plenty of pucker... plenty of sweet and hints of mint and vanilla.  This BY FAR is going to be the best Lemonade you have ever had.  Refreshing for any Summer day or to remind you of a Summer Day!

OK... Here/s what I did...

Vanilla Mint Sweet Lemonade

  • 16 Cups Water
  • 8 Large Lemons, scrubbed over warm water
  • 2 Cups (1 Pint Jar) Mint Simple Syrup
  • 8 Sprigs Fresh Mint with many Leaves on the Sprigs
  • 2 TBS Madagascar Vanilla
Cooking Directions
  1. If you need, make 2 Cups Mint Simple Syrup or use the Pint Jar you "canned" ahead of time.
  2. In a large pot over medium high heat, bring the water to a simmer.
  3. While the water is heating, halve the lemons and juice them thoroughly.
  4. Add the lemons and juice to the simmering pot. Add the Mint Sprigs and the Vanilla and stir to combine. Bring to rolling boil and immediately remove from the heat. Cover and allow to seep for 1 Hour.
  5. Strain to remove Lemon halves, seeds and mint.
  6. Add Mint Simple Syrup to taste. Allow to cool in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  7. Serve COLD over ice and ENJOY


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1 comment:

  1. I always keep a jar of mint simple syrup in the fridge, I use it for so many things!