Friday, May 16, 2008

Summer Sips: Lemon-Mint Cooler

I've begun my search for the perfect summer drink. My journey started with Real Simple as their fine folks have compiled a list of 22 summer drink recipes. For my first attempt at capturing summer in a glass, I chose their lemon-mint cooler. Overall, I'm happy with the drink. While I'm inclined to add an additional cup of sugar to the recipe, it has a clean, refreshing taste, and a pitcher of these will fit right in with a saucy summer meal like jerk chicken.

Lemon-Mint Cooler
Recipe courtesy of Real Simple

1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)
1/2 cup sugar
6 cups water
Lemon slices (to garnish)
1 cup torn fresh mint leaves
2 12-ounce cans club soda

Place the lemon juice, the sugar, and 1 cup water in a large pitcher. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add 5 more cups water, the mint leaves, the club soda, a few slices of lemon to garnish, and plenty of ice.

Have a summer drink recipe that you love? Send it my way.


  1. Sounds perfect--especially since Spring has finally deigned it appropriate for short sleeves in Seattle! :-)

  2. I am thinking I might have to spike these with vodka! They seem like the perfect makings for a summer cocktail.

  3. cakespy: Exactly. I was inspired by the warmer temperatures.

    marie louise: Mmm...sounds like that will work! Let me know if you try it out.

  4. oh man do i want lemonade right now, or any of these 2! oh, how i love condensation on the outside of a nice glass of cool.



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