Minted Lemon Limeade-Secret Recipe Club

Summertime, summertime-I’m so glad you are finally here, but you have definitely cut into my blogging on a regular basis! I’ve missed the Secret Recipe Club and since it is summer, I’m posting an adaptation of Fresh Herbed Lemonade from Erin from Wholesome RD, my appointed blog for the month of June. Erin, a registered dietician who lives in my favorite food city- Chicago, posts an amazing and diverse collection of healthy recipes ranging from starters to desserts. I wanted to try her Asian Slaw so I could use my new food processor or the Caprese Salad, but used my cabbages for slaw dogs at a beach picnic and haven’t found any delectable fresh tomatoes yet. However, the mint in my potted herb garden is growing like gangbusters, so decided upon the lemon-limeade libation heady with mint.

Without further ado, here is my version of Erin’s recipe adapted from What’s Cookin, Chicago and All Recipes.

Minted Lemon Limeade

1 cup sugar

4 limes, juiced- shells reserved

4 lemons, juiced-shells reserved

1/2-3/4 cup juice from lemons and limes

1 cup fresh mint leaves, washed and spun dry in a lettuce spinner

1 cup very hot water

3 cups water

sliced lemons, limes or both for garnish

mint sprigs for garnish

Muddle sugar with the lime and lemon shells. Let sit for about an hour, muddling and mixing the shells with the sugar. After about an hour, add 1 cup hot water. Stir to combine. Using a colander, pour this mixture into a separate large measuring cup. Press down on citrus shells to extract juices. Add the mint leaves. Refrigerate about an hour to meld flavors. Press through a sieve pushing down on mint to further extract the mint flavor. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Pour the lemon, lime mint syrup into a pitcher. Add the reserved juice and water. Stir to combine. Add lemon slices, if desired. Pour over ice. Garnish with fresh mint. Serves 4


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11 Comments

  1. SeattleDee
    June 10, 2013 / 12:20 pm

    This minty lemon limeade is the perfect summer refresher. As usual, your photos are amazing!

  2. Judee Algazi
    June 10, 2013 / 1:47 pm

    Looks so refreshing. We are big lemon and lime lovers. Have a garden full of mint, so will be trying this soon. Great choice

  3. Danielle Miller
    June 10, 2013 / 1:49 pm

    This sounds so refreshing and your pics are gorgeous!

  4. Heather S
    June 10, 2013 / 2:11 pm

    Looks so refreshing and delicious. I bet it's perfect for a hot summer day. Great SRC choice!

  5. Erin Lerner
    June 10, 2013 / 9:36 pm

    Perfect for summer! So glad you liked this!! :)-Erin

  6. Susan
    June 11, 2013 / 12:38 am

    Wow! All that mint! Sounds fantastic. Really love those text textures, too.Happy Hot Weather, Lynne!

  7. shelley c.
    June 11, 2013 / 1:10 am

    What a perfect summer refreshment! And your photographs are beautiful.

  8. Chiara Giglio
    June 11, 2013 / 9:02 pm

    look perfect for summer drink, lovely photos !

  9. Miz Helen
    June 11, 2013 / 11:27 pm

    Hi Lynn,What a beautiful presentation for your Minted Lemon Limeade and a very nice recipe. Hope you are having a great week.Miz HelenGroup B SRC

  10. Colleen Bauer
    June 12, 2013 / 1:55 am

    Sounds so refreshing. And out farm stand has lemon mint that it out of control–I think I can take some off their hands for this.

  11. CJ Huang
    June 14, 2013 / 10:08 am

    Lemon/limeade is always so refreshing, and mint sounds like a great addition! Nice photography too. 🙂

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