Mint Limeade

By • April 23, 2010 • 51 Comments



Author Notes: I love minty drinks when the weather starts to warm up. Add in some zippy citrus and bubbles, and I couldn't be more refreshed. Mint simple syrup can keep for a while in the fridge. It's a also great with lemon juice. - vvvanessavvvanessa

Food52 Review: Tart and refreshing, this limeade is a perfect drink for getting into the spirit of spring. The mint syrup is intensely flavored, so you don't need much, and vvvanessa applies a particularly light touch with this one sweet element -- which we found made for an invigorating (and highly quaffable) drink. If you've got a sweet tooth, just add a little more of the mint syrup. Simple and lovely in its pure form, this recipe would make a great jumping off point for all sorts of riffs. If you're so inclined, try adding a splash of vodka, or even light rum. - A&MA&M

Serves about 2 quarts

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, washed with stems removed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • ice
  • club soda
  1. Make mint simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and mint in a saucepan and bringing it to a boil then immdiately allowing it to simmer for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain the leaves.
  3. To assemble the limeade, add about 1 ounce each of the simple syrup and lime juice in a tall glass filled with ice. Top with about 6 ounces of club soda. Stir. Garnish with fresh mint or a lime wedge.
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over 2 years ago Chef_Ian

Delicious and refreshing! A must-have for all meals

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over 2 years ago vvvanessa

thanks! i'm glad you're a fan!

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about 3 years ago wssmom

I really love this (even without vodka or rum)!

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over 2 years ago vvvanessa

ha! thanks!

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about 3 years ago chernado

Great drink! I have been making "NoHijtos" for years with my mint plants in the garden but have found having the actual leaves in the drink less than ideal. With a supply of frozen lime juice and zest icecubes and the simple mint syrup (a perfect solution to mint leaves in my drink), this is the ultimate "NoHijto" recipe. Thanks!!

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over 2 years ago vvvanessa

"nojito"! very clever!

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about 3 years ago Andreas

I tend to make this with a half syrup (1/2 parts of sugar to 1 part of water) otherwise it gets too sweet for me.

An interesting riff on this is to add, and hear me out on this, white wine vinegar. I learned this from a Persian friend of mine, who had a bottle of commercially produced syrup imported from Iran. On checking the ingredient list I was surprised to find vinegar, tried it and loved it. The vinegar is barely there and adds a little freshness to the drink. It's hard to describe, but worth trying out.

I add about three tablespoons to a 750ml (3 cups) bottle of syrup.

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thank you for trying out the recipe. i also tend to like a drink that is a little more tart, so i tend to add more juice and less syrup. and thanks for the vinegar idea! it sounds like a take on a shrub, which is a fruit-infused vinegar made into a refreshing drink. they are gaining popularity amongst bartenders and restaurants, probably because they are so delicious!

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about 4 years ago likestocooklovestoeat

This was delicious - a perfect summer refresher. Thanks!

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about 3 years ago vvvanessa

thanks for trying it out. i'm glad you liked it!

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about 4 years ago BigBear

This is so good. We make up the syrup and freeze it in ice cube trays. It's perfect - so refreshing and instantly available when using the syrup cubes.

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about 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

What a great idea! I just made this - it's like 95F out there today and noone around here has air conditioning! Love this drink. It's the perfect refresher for hot summer days!

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about 4 years ago Stephanie V

I did make this on Mother's Day and it was a hit! And VERY simple to make!

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about 4 years ago AntoniaJames

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Made this for a party recently; I highly recommend it. Everyone loved it. So easy, so light and refreshing, and so tasty!! ;o)

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

thank you for the feedback. i'm glad you enjoyed it!

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about 4 years ago Stephanie V

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and moms-to-be! My husband is heading to the market right now to get the limes, club soda and mint so I can make this at his mom's today. I just KNOW it's going to be a hit!

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about 4 years ago ENunn

Congratulations to you, too. This is my kind of drink--lime, mint, bubbles. Crazy!

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

mine, too! thank you!

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about 4 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Congrats!! This looks so refreshing. I can't wait to make it.

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

thank you! i hope you like it!

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about 4 years ago Stephanie V

Congratulations, Vanessa! Please let me know when the book is published so I can buy a copy! I'll have to get it signed by you one day... ;)

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

thanks, steph!

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about 4 years ago lapadia

Cheers!!!

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

thank you!

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about 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Congratulations! Can't wait to make this.

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

thank you!

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about 4 years ago cheese1227

Congrats!

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

thank you! congrats to you, too : ) your drink is beautiful.

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about 4 years ago drbabs

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Congrats!

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about 4 years ago vvvanessa

many thanks!

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about 4 years ago shef

epic summer drink.

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about 4 years ago marzipanmarcia

This is definitely going to become my summer standby beverage... but vodka might find its way in, too!

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about 4 years ago vanessavv

Good Luck....<3

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about 4 years ago MelanieCurry

Yum-o! I'm thinking that I could make this into popsicles or ice cubes! I will definitely use this at a future girls night out!