Finally the time has come for Wikkid Woman’s inaugural “Don’t Just Pin it, Do it Tuesday”. I thought long and hard about which of my pinterest inspired makes would make it’s appearance here, and I actually had something completely different written up and ready to go, but then
pinspiration inspiration struck, and here we are with a brand new make and brand new post.
Most of what I pin and do on Pinterest is craft/diy related, so it’s something of a surprise to me that the first thing I share with you all is a recipe. For a drink. But not an alcoholic one, although I suppose you could easily make it alcoholic. Yes, I’m definitely going to try to add something a bit naughty to it soon.
For today though I present the entirely innocent and thirst quenching Mint Lemonade .
I first tried and became addicted to mint lemonade when hubs and I were living in Abu Dhabi. I imagine every single cafe there must sell them, it’s very much a Middle Eastern thing, but sadly I haven’t come across it in the UK (although I imagine they would have it at Lebanese or other Middle Eastern restaurants, I just haven’t looked). A while back I looked for recipes for it on pinterest, but they all looked so time consuming and complicated so I just kept putting it off. Which brings us to this morning when I was at the shop and found a couple of nets of lemons in the reduced section, of course that old hankering for mint lemonade resurfaced.
Let me just say, there is a lot of unhealthy (but oh so yummy looking) food there.
I decided to combine two recipes for the lemonade, as there where things I liked about both. These are the two recipes I used
Freshly Minted Lemonade @ The Runaway Spoon and Mint-Lemonade @ Taste of Beirut.
The first recipe tells you to infuse your syrup with lemon peel and mint, which sounded like it would add wonderful flavour, so I certainly wanted to do that. This lemonade did not have a lot of mint in it though, mostly it look like normal lemonade with a little bit of mint in it, while the mint lemonade I was used to was decidedly more green in colour. Enter recipe two, definitely more green and minty. I also preferred the sugar to water ratio in recipe two, with was 1:2 as opposed to 1:1 in the first recipe. Does all that sound a little confusing? Fear not, here is the recipe the way I made it.
6 Lemons (these game me 14 1/2 tbsp of juice)
8 tbsp of Granulated Sugar
16 tbsp of water
30 g of fresh mint
700-800ml of water (for diluting)
1. First I peeled one of the lemons and chopped up about 4 springs of mint. I then added the sugar and the 16 tbsp of water to a pan and brought it to the boil, adding the lemon peel and chopped mint. Make sure to stir so the sugar dissolves, once it is completely dissolved you can take the pan of the heat. Set it aside to cool and let the lemon and mint infuse into the syrup.
2. Juice your lemons. I rolled them on my cutting board, pressing down. You just cut the lemon in half, hold it in one hand, push the fork into the center and twist. You do end up with a lot of pulp and seeds this way, but they are easy enough to strain away later.
3. I then strained the juice into my blender and then the syrup (make sure to really squeeze the juice out of the mint leaves and lemon peel from the syrup.). I then added the rest of my mint leaves and about 300 ml of water. Let the blender run until the mint is all chopped up and then add more water until you get the taste you want. If you plan on serving over ice you don’t have to dilute completely as the ice will help with this as well.
Once you are happy with your lemonade it’s ready to serve, pour into the eagerly waiting glasses or a jug so people can help themselves.
I hope I’ve tempted you to try some yourself, you won’t be disappointed. And I found a great tip over at Kitchn for how to cut the prep time a little; just make up a big batch of the syrup (sugar and water) as it will keep in the fridge for a long time.
I’m sharing this post over at The Winthrop Chronicles Share it Link Party #125, why don’t you head on over there to see what everyone else have been doing.