Ginger Mint Lemonade: Pucker up for a delicious and refreshing summer lemonade with a bit of fresh ginger and backyard mint muddled together with sweet, tart lemonade. Just add vodka for a fun spin!
‘Tis the season for all things lemonade! Am I right or what? That icy cold and tart blast to your taste buds just can’t be beat when it’s super hot and humid outside.
Admittedly, I only just recently started to really love lemonade. It’s not that I didn’t like lemonade for most of my life. I think it’s more that I grew up in an iced tea house.
And I’m not talking about traditionally steeped iced tea. Or sweet tea either. I’m talking about good ol’ Crystal Light.
My mom always always always had a pitcher of Crystal Light in the fridge in the summer. Basically, every summer for as long as I can remember!
It’s a drink that is ubiquitous to my childhood. Actually, if you opened the fridges of my extended family members, you’d find a pitcher of Crystal Light iced tea there too. What can I say? It was the 80s and 90s and powdered iced tea mixes were the thing.
ANYWAY. This recipe isn’t about iced tea. Though if you do want a great recipe, you must try my iced passion tea lemonade. It’s EXACTLY like what you’d find and overpay for at Starbucks. Ha!
And to be honest, it was that drink that pulled me over to be a lemonade lover. There was just something about the sweet, tart lemonade that totally hooked me. If you’re a lemonade lover, you know what I mean!
So I’ve been making and yes, buying lemonade for a few years. I won’t lie to you and tell you that I’m hand-squeezing lemons every weekend in the summer to make lemonade. Nope, I’ve mostly been buying it. Sue me.
Most recently, I combined my favorite store-bought lemonade with fresh ginger and mint to make this ginger mint lemonade. Guys, this lemonade was DELICIOUS!
How to Make Ginger Mint Lemonade
To make this drink, I muddled the ginger and some mint with some lemon juice in the bottom of the glass. Then I filled the glass with ice and poured in the lemonade. I added some more lemon slices to the glass before passing the glasses around to company just to give the glass a little pop of color. It needed some color!
The flavors of the fresh ginger and mint mixed together so nicely with the lemonade and balanced the bite from the ginger with the tart lemonade in just the right way. And the extra bit of lemon juice boosted the lemon flavor up to a great level.
Ginger Mint Lemonade with Homemade or Store-Bought Lemonade
Now, if you want to make your own lemonade for this ginger mint lemonade, by all means, do so. If you’re looking for a really great lemonade recipe, this is the one I’ve been making.
But if you’re pressed for time or want to serve this to a really big group and can’t fathom squeezing or juicing 20 lemons for lemonade, Simply Lemonade is also a great option and can be found in virtually every grocery store these days.
A Non-Alcoholic or Spiked Lemonade Summer Drink
This is an excellent non-alcoholic summer drink but if you want to kick this drink up a few levels, please listen to me and add some vodka. You don’t need much. One shot per drink will do!
And if you wan to make this lemonade for a party, you could even make a big non-alcoholic batch in a party pitcher and then leave a bottle of vodka on the side for those who want to spike their own drinks. This way, everybody wins!
- 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
- Handful of fresh mint leaves (about 20)
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 48 oz lemonade
- 4 lemon slices (for garnish)
- Add ½ teaspoon grated ginger, 5 mint leaves, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to the bottom of each 16-ounce glass. Using a muddler or wooden tart tamper, muddle the ginger, mint, and lemon juice together to crush the mint and release some of its flavor.
- Fill the glasses with ice. Divide the lemonade between the glasses and add a lemon wedge to each glass before serving.
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