Sunday, 2 October 2011

Mint Lemonade

I had been preparing for the beginning of autumn. Stockpiling slow cooker recipes, making notes on how to perfect my mulled wine recipe in time for winter (testing it frequently isn't such a chore), looking for a new scarf, hat and gloves. And possibly a snood. I was genuinely excited about starting to be able to wear thick woollen tights. And boots.

But instead, I'm typing this in the garden, wearing shorts and a bikini top. It's easily hitting 30 degrees in Kent. The garden is confused. The cats are melting. The smell of other people's barbeques is wafting over the fence. I was going to bake but it's too hot for that. I toyed with the idea of making sorbet but mint lemonade came up trumps. Quick and easy gratification on a hot, October, day.

2tbsp of packed mint leaves, no stalks
Juice and zest of a lemon
4tbsp level caster sugar
120ml water
Ice, soda water and lemon slices to serve

1, Pummel the mint leaves in a pestle and mortar until they have formed a thick paste.
2, Add this to a cocktail shaker filled with ice along with the lemon juice, zest, sugar and water.
3, Shake until the shaker is frosty and cold.
4, Fill short tumblers with ice and lemon slices and half fill with the lemonade. Lengthen with soda water.

Serves 2


  1. This looks like the refreshing thirst quencher I've been in need of all day! Roll on proper Autumn I say!

  2. Loosk like a lovely way to end the summer!


  3. Hi Hanna. Thanks for becoming my latest follower! The weather is crazy at the moment isn't it? Even though I'm on the other side of the world we've been having crediculous highs and lows too - mid to high 20s some days but rain, hail and frost the next. With all the rain we've been having the mint has gone quite wild so your lemonade recipe is quite timely!