This is lemonade with attitude. It's like a mix of ginger beer and lemonade: tangy, spicy and just a tiny bit sweet.
It's a refreshing drink for hot summer days, but it's also incredibly soothing to have during cold and flu season. It can be made with still water, or add sparkling water to make it a bit more fancy.
A couple slices of cucumber adds a cool crunch to this drink as well!
Ginger Mint Lemonade
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, one-pot, refined sugar-free, nut-free
Yield: 4 cups
Total Time: 5 min
1 big piece of ginger* (about the size of both thumbs)
3 lemons, juiced
4 cups (1 L) water + lots of ice
2-3 springs of mint, or more as desired
1 tsp (5 ml) agave syrup, or more if desired
Wash the ginger, and grate (skin included) into a pulp using a grater. Gather the pulp into your fist and squeeze with your hands to extract the juice**.
Add to a pitcher containing the lemon juice, water, mint leaves, and agave syrup. Add the ice cubes, stir and serve. Enjoy!
*The more ginger, the spicier the kick. If you want a subtle ginger flavour, just cut the ginger into slices and add to the mix, instead of grating and squeezing.
**You can also use a nut milk bag, or a thin, clean dish towel to squeeze out the liquid, or if you have a juicer, you can just put the ginger through that. If you are squeezing it by hand, you might notice it can irritate your skin, especially if you have any cuts. Wash your hands well afterwards.
If you are finding this too spicy or tart, add more agave syrup or water, as desired.
Storage: the ginger, lemon juice, and syrup concentrate can be prepared and kept in a jar ahead of time (max 2 days) and diluted with water when you want a refreshment.
Variations: add berries like raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries, or slices of cucumber.
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