Boozy Mint Lemonade

Boozy mint lemonade
Kitchenette
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  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 5 minutes

Ingredients

Cocktail
2cups water
1cup sugar
1/2cup honey
4 strips lemon zest, pith removed
4 sprigs mint
8-10 sprigs mint, leaves torn off
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
2cups lemon mint syrup
2 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2cups gin
2cups sparkling water
ice
extra mint for garnish

Instructions

Syrup

  1. For the lemon mint syrup, combine all ingredients except the mint in a medium pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until simmering. Continue to simmer for 2 minutes and remove from heat. Add the mint leaves and allow them to steep in the pot as the syrup cools to room temperature.
  2. Strain the syrup and refrigerate in a sealed container until ready to use.

Cocktail

  1. In a large pitcher, muddle the mint leaves, cucumber slices, and syrup. Add the lemon juice and gin, stir well. At this point, you can put the pitcher in the fridge to keep until ready to serve.
  2. Just before serving, add the sparkling water to the pitcher and stir. Fill 8 glasses with ice, divide lemonade among glasses and garnish with mint.

This recipe from Honest Cooking was posted with permission and originally appeared as Boozy Mint Lemonade on Kitchenette