Cook’s notes: When it is still over 100 degrees, you need something refreshing. The mint syrup elevates the lemonade into a special drink. You can also make Italian ice in your Vitamix with the syrup.
I started buying granulated sugar that is certified vegan — there is no difference in flavor or performance. It is simply processed without using animal bone char. You can read more about vegan sugar on Veg Source. You can, of course, use plain white sugar for this recipe.
Yields 10 oz. (1.25 cups)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cup packed mint leaves, roughly chopped
Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and whisk until the sugar dissolves. Remove pan from heat and add the mint leaves. Let the syrup cool completely, about 30 minutes. Strain out the mint.
The original recipe called for 1 part syrup, 1 part lemon juice, and 2.5 parts water. We prefer our lemonade to have less sugar in it, and not have the amount of sugar equal to the amount of lemon juice.
1 glass: Mix together 1 oz mint syrup, 2 oz lemon juice, and 4 oz water. Pour into a glass filled with ice.
[To try the Simply Recipes ratio, mix 1 oz syrup, 1 oz lemon juice, and 3 oz water. Pour over ice; add more lemon juice if it’s too sweet and more water if it’s too strong.]
1 pitcher: Mix together 1 cup mint syrup, 2 cups lemon juice, and 4 cups water.
Mint Lemon Ice
This is basically 1 part syrup : 3 parts water with a whole lemon added in.
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup mint syrup
1 lemon (peeled and seeded) and its juice [1 lemon yields 3 tablespoons juice (1.5 oz; 45 ml)]
1 teaspoon lemon peel
2 cups ice
Add all ingredients in the order they are listed (from water to ice) to the Vitamix container. Secure the lid.
Turn the machine on to Variable speed 1 and slowly increase to speed 10. Turn the machine to High.
Use the tamper to push ice into the ingredients as needed.
Blend for about 30 to 60 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.