Friday, May 20, 2016

Minted Honey Ginger Lemonade

Refreshing and full of flavor, this Minted Honey Ginger Lemonade is delicious hot or cold!

The floral taste from the honey combined with ginger and mint combine to create a delicious and refreshing lemonade that's full of flavor! I love to add fresh herbs to lemonade and limeades. They just add so much! I first made this lemonade a few times with just the ginger and honey. The flavor is good but needed a little something extra. Mint is the perfect compliment!

*I love a strong ginger flavor in this lemonade so I use a lot of it. About 3 to 4 inches or so of root, that I slice (the coins usually measure to about 1/4 cup). Use as much or as little ginger as you like! Also, the longer you steep the ginger and mint in the honey simple syrup, the stronger the flavor!

Minted Honey Ginger Lemonade
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup honey
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups lemon juice 
  • 5 to 6 cups cold water, divided 
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, lightly packed
  • about 1/4 cup fresh ginger coins, peeled*
Add the mint leaves and ginger to a heat proof glass jar or bowl. Bruise/mash with a spoon to release the oils. Set aside.

Add the honey and 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the honey is dissolved in to the water. 

Pour the honey simple syrup over the ginger and mint in the bowl/jar. Cover and refrigerate until chilled and flavors are developed. (I prefer overnight)

After chilled, strain the mixture into a pitcher. Discard ginger and mint. Add lemon juice and remaining 3 to 4 cups water. Chill in the refrigerator until cold. When ready to serve, pour into serving glasses over ice and enjoy!

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