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
- 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.
- 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.)
- Stir the lemon-mint mixture into the cooled sugar-water solution, mixing well. Strain this mixture through a sieve.
- Squeeze the lemons to extract their juice.
- Combine the lemon juice with the strained sugar solution, mixing well. Cover and chill.
- Serve over ice, garnished with mint leaves and lemon slices.