Minted Lemonade

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When you add fresh mint to this classic summertime drink you have a refreshing thirst quencher that the whole family will love.  Most people probably use a powdered mix or a frozen concentrate to whip up their batches of lemonade but it is so easy to make that is a shame not to make the real thing.  With just a few key ingredients you can be drinking this in no time which is just the way it should be during these long and hot summer days.  Enjoy!

MINTED LEMONADE

3/4 cup superfine sugar

3/4 cup boiling water

1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnishing

1 cup fresh lemon juice

8 cups cold water

1 lemon, sliced

ice cubes, as needed

For the simply syrup, combine the sugar and boiling water in a small bowl.  Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Set aside to cool.

Place the mint leaves and the simple syrup in a large pitcher.  Muddle or crush the leaves with a wooden spoon.

Add the lemon juice and water and stir thoroughly until combined.

Add the sliced lemons and enough ice cubes to fill the pitcher.

Refrigerate until cold and serve over additional ice cubes.

Garnish with mint leaves if desired.

Yields:  12 cups

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