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June 25, 2019

Homemade Mint Lemonade (Naturally Sweetened, Vegan)

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Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened Mint Lemonade. This classic twist calls for very few ingredients and is refreshing on any warm day. Makes 1 glass of lemonade with the option of turning it into a pitcher drink.

Two glasses of Mint Lemonade are ready for drinking, surrounded by ice, lemons and mint leaves

I don’t know about you, but I want something that’s going to cool me down as the temperature rises daily.

The impending summer scorch has me craving lemonade.

When I worked in Mississippi as a staff photographer, I stumbled upon the most charming little lemonade stand when I was searching for “wild art.”

What’s wild art, you say? When there were holes that needed to be filled in the paper, the photographers are sent out to drive around town and find something fun to make photos of… and I lucked out with a lemonade stand because it was hopping!

I haven’t seen any lemonade stands pop up in my neighborhood just yet, but I know it’s only a matter of time because the heat of summer is creeping toward us.

Other refreshing summertime drinks: Blackberry Mint Spa WaterArnold Palmer Iced Tea Lemonade MocktailBlackberry Mint SpritzerSweet Sunrise MocktailBlueberry LemonadePomegranate Ginger Orange Sparkling Mocktail

Ingredients and tools for the summer mocktail are shown from above

What will I need to make Mint Lemonade?

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A woman drops a mint leaf into a glass

How to make Mint Lemonade

This recipe seriously only takes about 5 minutes, when all is said and done. The most time intensive part is juicing your lemon and measuring that out. 😉 

So first… Decide if you’re making an individual drink or a pitcher.

Depending on which you choose, where you make the lemonade will change.

Personally, I like to make individual lemonade for myself to sip on a warm summer afternoon, but if you’re having friends over or want to let your kids sip, too, it’s better to make a pitcher. (And quite honestly, I’m reaching the point where I should probably just make a pitcher because my 4-year-old is a lemonade monster.)

A woman muddles mint in a glass

Muddle the mint

In either a cocktail glass or a pitcher, muddle the mint leaves using a muddler. (I linked to my favorite one above, as well as in the recipe card below.)

What does does it mean to muddle?

Use the tool to press the mint leaves against the bottom and sides of the glass. You want to break them apart a little bit without turning them into mush. It’s important to use a gentle hand, as mint can become bitter if over-muddled.

Muddling helps release flavors from the leaves, as well as make them a little easier to drink. Nobody wants to have to chew when they’re sipping lemonade.

A woman juices a lemon into a glass

Juice the lemon.

Use a citrus reamer or juicer to juice a lemon. You’ll only need one lemon to make a glass of this mint lemonade recipe.

Pour the juice on top of the muddled mint, and swirl it together.

Tips and Tricks for Juicing a Lemon

  • Don’t juice a cold lemon. A cold lemon won’t give as much juice as a room temperature one. If you keep your lemons in the fridge, let it come to room temperature, or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to get it to warm up.
  • Roll the lemon on the countertop. This will bring the juices to the surface.
  • Slice your lemon down the equator, not from the stem to the tip.
  • Don’t just squeeze it with your hands… use a lemon reamer or a juicer to get that good juice out of it. Personally, I like a lemon reamer better, and I’ve shown it in the photos here. (I also linked to it above and in the recipe card.)

A woman pours agave nectar into a glass

Add the sweetener.

Next, pour the agave nectar into the glass.

This is going to add some slight sweetness to the mint lemonade without it being overwhelmingly sweet.

That said, if you like your drinks on the sweeter side, you’ll probably want to add more agave nectar. Only do this after you taste the final lemonade (but before you add the ice) because you can’t take out the extra sweetness once it’s added.

Stir with a cocktail spoon until everything is combined.

Water is poured into a glass with other ingredients

Finish the mint lemonade, and enjoy.

After that, add the water, and stir until combined.

Add ice, garnish with additional mint leaves and a lemon wheel, and enjoy!

Horizontal image showing a close up of two glasses of Mint Lemonade

Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

If you’re hosting friends, make a pitcher of this mint lemonade and keep it in the fridge. 

How do I suggest to turn this recipe into a pitcher?

  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 28 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar

Make it in advance. Mint lemonade is incredibly refreshing, and the flavors become more intense the longer you let them hang out. 

Close up of Mint Lemonade in a glass, surrounded by ice

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I turn this mint lemonade into a pitcher drink?

Absolutely! I recommended what I would do above in the entertaining section, which is simply quadrupling the recipe.

What is the easiest way to store lemonade?

If you’re making a pitcher of lemonade, it will keep for a week in the fridge. Just pop it in there, and let it hang out!

That said, you don’t want to ice the lemonade if you’re putting it in the refrigerator because it will become diluted.

Overhead of a glass of Mint Lemonade, surrounded by ingredients

What are some other family-friendly summer drinks?

Pinterest image of Mint Lemonade, featuring a close up of a glass and text

Now here’s how you can make this crisp, tart mint lemonade at home:

Mint Lemonade
Yield: 1 drink

Mint Lemonade

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened Mint Lemonade this summer. This tart and refreshing twist on a classic calls for very few ingredients, but doesn't call for granulated sugar or a simple syrup. Including lemon juice, water and muddled mint leaves, this lemonade is incredibly refreshing to sip any warm day. Makes 1 glass of lemonade, though this recipe can easily be turned into a pitcher drink for sharing.

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 ¼ cups cold water
  • 7 mint leaves, muddled
  • 2 teaspoons agave nectar

Instructions

  1. In a large glass, muddle the mint leaves using a muddler.
  2. Using a reamer or citrus juicer, juice the lemon. Measure out and pour in the juice on top of the muddled mint.
  3. Pour in the agave nectar and stir with a cocktail spoon.
  4. When the ingredients are mixed, pour in the water.
  5. Stir the drink until combined.
  6. Add ice, garnish with additional mint leaves and a lemon wheel, then enjoy immediately.

Notes

The longer you let this drink steep, the more minty it will become!

Make it a pitcher drink! Quadruple (or more!) the ingredients used in this recipe, and mix in a pitcher. Let it steep in the fridge and chill before serving over ice to guests with the same garnishes of fresh mint leaves and lemon wheels.

I suggest using the following measurements for a pitcher drink:

  • ¾ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 cups cold water
  • 28 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78 Total Fat: 1g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 47mg Carbohydrates: 18g Fiber: 6g Sugar: 9g Protein: 3g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

The photos and recipe for this Mint Lemonade recipe were originally published on April 30, 2014. The photographs, along with the text of this blog post, were updated and republished on June 25, 2019.


5 Comments

  1. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    This looks super refreshing and delicious! I’ve made homemade lemonade before but never added mint, which I really love. 🙂 Pinned to make. 🙂
    It was getting warmer here in CT but now it’s cool and rainy. 🙁

  2. laurasmess

    Gorgeous, Erin! I love the simplicity of this refreshing drink… it looks stunning in the glass too! Great job for using agave, so many homemade lemonades are choc-full of refined sugar from what I’ve seen. I hope you’re loving the warmer weather! xx

  3. Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged)

    Wow this looks refreshing! Also the stunning photos you have just make it look THAT much better! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I hope Texas heat isn’t treating you too bad. This is just the beginning 😉 lol

  4. Eileen

    Yes, please! This lemonade sounds like the best possible way to use a handful of the mint that is running wild in my garden right now. Super refreshing!

  5. Cate @ Chez CateyLou

    This look so refreshing! I can definitely see this becoming a summer staple for me!

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