Sparkling Limeade with Mint

Sweet, tart, bubbly and refreshing this sparkler, similar to a virgin mojito, will help you battle the summer heat to come.

Sparkling Limeade with Mint

It’s already really hot outside. Like, sweating in funny places from a stroll to the mailbox kind of hot.

Why, Florida, why? Just when I have solidified an outdoor exercise routine.

Hot weather = cool drinks.

When I had some girlfriends over for lunch a few weeks ago, I threw together this Sparkling Mint Limeade just because I had mint and limes, not really expecting for it to be all that great. But I actually really enjoyed it.

Sweet, tart, bubbly and refreshing. Reminds me of a mojito, only I can sip it during the day without concerned glances. {After 5pm, I’m sure a little splash of your favorite spirit wouldn’t do any harm to the flavor. Wink, wink.}

Sparkling Limeade with Mint
 
Sweet, tart, bubbly and refreshing this sparkler, similar to a virgin mojito, will help you battle the summer heat to come.
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Recipe Type: Virgin, Beverage, Drink
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Approximately 1½ cups water
  • Lime flavored sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Make the mint syrup: Stir together sugar and water and bring to a boil in a small saucepan. Boil for about a minute, then remove from heat and toss in mint sprigs. Let mint steep for about 10-15 minutes to develop mint flavor. Press on mint leaves to extract the last of the flavor, and discard.
  2. In a pitcher or desired container, stir together lime juice, lemon juice and cooled mint syrup. Add about 1½ cups of water to dilute. {This is where you may want to start tasting and deciding how strong you prefer it to be.}
  3. To serve, pour limeade into a glass filled with ice {about ½ to ¾ of the way full}, then top with lime sparkling water. Garnish with a lime wheel and mint if desired.
Notes
Any time I make these types of beverages, I estimate the amounts or add ingredients to taste. This is an approximation, so alter to suit your taste buds!

 

Dianna Muscari

Dianna Muscari blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. A self-taught cook and baker, Dianna shares with her readers the messes and successes she encounters in the kitchen. Along with her recipes - which range from healthy to hearty to downright decadent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, marriage, travel, and living in Florida. Her conversational writing style draws you into her kitchen for a meal and a laugh as she navigates through life one recipe at a time.

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