I’ve never met a fruited lemonade that I haven’t enjoyed. Peach, watermelon, raspberry — they’re all delicious — but strawberry just might be my favorite of the bunch. On top of being tasty, strawberry lemonade is the loveliest drink. I can’t resist a pretty beverage, and this vibrant minted strawberry lemonade is no exception.
I especially love the fun flavor twist with the mint addition. Oh, and did I mention how easy this recipe is? Always a plus. Stir in strawberry purée, freshly squeezed lemon juice, homemade mint simple syrup and water into a pitcher and sip away— that’s it.
As a heads up, I recommend making this lemonade at least a few hours before serving, though preferably overnight. Not only does the simple syrup need time to steep but it also gives the lemonade time to cool.
Depending on who you’re serving, you can add alcohol right into the pitcher, or you can leave a few bottles to the side, so friends can pour their own alcohol. This works great if the little ones are joining the festivities. Plus, friends can add the alcohol of their choice.
Vodka and rum are classic options for a spiked lemonade, but bourbon and gin are also welcome additions. With the mint and strawberry purée, a little bourbon reminds me of my favorite smash cocktail variation. On the other hand, gin’s floral and herbal qualities are delicious with the bright citrus.
If you’re a mimosa lover like yours truly, a splash of this minted strawberry lemonade with a healthy pour of Champagne is also delightful. Mmm, just thinking about it makes me crave a boozy brunch.
Perfect Pairing for Minted Strawberry Lemonade
This minted strawberry lemonade was made for summer grill-outs. Given the heavy citrus notes, your favorite grilled seafood is perfect with this lemonade. Salmon and halibut are my favorite grilled fish, though shrimp isn’t a bad idea either.
With the fresh mint infusion of this lemonade, I recommend brushing your seafood of choice with a generous amount of pesto before grilling. Mint pairs beautifully with basil and makes the perfect complement to this tasty drink.
I hope you stay cool during the summer months with this refreshing minted strawberry lemonade. Please let me know how you enjoyed it in the comment section and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter.
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With fresh mint and strawberry puree, this minted-strawberry lemonade is a refreshing treat. Spike it with your favorite alcohol or leave as is.
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 1/2–6 1/2 cups of water, divided
1 handful mint sprigs
1 pound strawberries, tops removed and halved
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice
1 lemon, sliced
- Combine sugar, 1 1/2 cups of water and mint sprigs in a saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture is near boiling. Periodically stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar dissolves, remove from heat and allow the mint to steep for at least 10 minutes. Cool the simple syrup and strain the mint leaves.
- In a blender, purée the strawberries with 1/2 cup of water. This should leave you with 3 1/2 cups to 4 1/2 cups of water.
- Pour the lemon juice, strawberry purée and simple syrup into a pitcher. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of water and taste. If it needs further dilution for your taste, add a little water at a time until it suits your fancy. Drop in the lemon slices.
- Cover and refrigerate, preferably overnight to allow the flavors to meld. Enjoy!
To get the most juice from your lemons, zap them in the microwave for about 20 seconds and use a citrus juicer.
Keywords: lemonade, strawberry lemonade, mint lemonade, minted strawberry lemonade