This are one of souvenir from my summer trip. It was sunny hot in south Spain, with sprawling beautiful view of Alhambra and the mountain valley, when I enjoy this frizzy fresh drink, to be honest it was my first time, usually I enjoy lemonade just as it is, cold lemon and sugar. By adding some mint are heavenly adding more layer of fresh flavour.
I’ve read several lemonade recipe, but this my recipe are just what I intuitively add. The exact amount of sweetness are again back to your own preference, I love balance acid and sweetness with less sweet tendency.
One of my tips on texture are, don’t throw away the lemon pulp, they add texture and nutritious to your body, so what I did were, gently squeeze the lemon, then remove any seed from the pulp, and mix the pulp with the juice.
On sweetness, in my recipe are calling for 1 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup water, and when the mixture incorporate becoming liquid, I only used 1 cup of them, the result was quite too sweet for me, but if you prefer more sweeter you sure can add more sugar.
So here it is the recipe.
SERVE 4-5 small cup
- Dissolved 1 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup of water under medium hight heat (keep an eye on it, taking it out from the heat when all the sugar are dissolved). Let it cool then take only 1 cup from the mixture (if you preferred more sweet, sure you can add some more).
- 4 medium size organic lemon (or used any lemon, I only have the access for it and it is as cheap as normal lemon, only it uglier hehe).
- 31/2 cup water
- Small bunch of mint leaves
- 1/2 tsp of coarse sugar (it help to ground the mint leaves)
- Take 1 cup of sugar mixture from point 1 ingredient above
- Squeeze lemon, but don’t throw the pulp. Gently separate the pulp and the seed, reserve the pulp and mix with the lemon juice afterward.
- Ground the mint leaves with 1/2 tsp sugar until it form paste (you can sure discard to sugar if you prefer to)
- In big jar, put inside 1 cup of sugar water, lemon juice and the pulp, 31/2 cup water, and stirring thoroughly. Lastly add the mint leaves and stirred it once again thoroughly.
- Store the lemonade in a fridge for at least 1-2 hours.
- After several hours in the fridge, your mint lemonade are ready to enjoy. If you feel not cold enough you can add ice cube, but by adding ice cube, the sugar are becoming less and less sweet.
This how I enjoy it.. cin cin everyone