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Recipe for my Favorite Drink this Summer: Mint Lemonade

As part of a school project on Turkey this past spring, my seventh grader decided to serve her classmates Turkish mint lemonade. She found a recipe that I modified, and we absolutely loved it. It is the most refreshing drink on a hot summer day, and, if you like mint and lemons, I guarantee you will love it! This Turkish mint lemonade is superior to store-bought lemonade, and the added mint flavor makes it more interesting than plain lemonade.


Lemonade with Mint


  • 1½ cups (if you like a tart lemonade, reduce sugar to 3/4 to 1 cup) plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind
  • 15 fresh mint leaves (use more if you want it mintier)
  • 6 lemons


  1. In a large saucepan, mix the 1½ cups sugar in the water, stirring well over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Take off the heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, rub the lemon rind and mint leaves with the 2 tablespoons sugar in a small bowl until the sugar absorbs the flavors. (Alternatively, pound the lemon rind, mint leaves, and sugar with a mortar and pestle.)
  3. Stir the lemon-mint mixture into the cooled sugar-water solution, mixing well. Strain this mixture through a sieve.
  4. Squeeze the lemons to extract their juice.
  5. Combine the lemon juice with the strained sugar solution, mixing well. Cover and chill.
  6. Serve over ice, garnished with mint leaves and lemon slices.

Serves 8.



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