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Sparkling Limeade with Mint

Sparkling Limeade with Mint

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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.

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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.}

Dianna Muscari
Course Beverage, Drink, Virgin

Ingredients
  

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 3 sprigs of mint
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Approximately 1 1/2 cups water
  • Lime flavored sparkling water

Instructions
 

  • 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.
  • In a pitcher or desired container, stir together lime juice, lemon juice and cooled mint syrup. Add about 1 1/2 cups of water to dilute. {This is where you may want to start tasting and deciding how strong you prefer it to be.}
  • To serve, pour limeade into a glass filled with ice {about 1/2 to 3/4 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!

 

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