There's nothing more refreshing on a hot and sticky summer day than an ice-cold refreshing beverage. And no beverage says "summer" more than freshly-made lemonade.
This is a classic lemonade, kicked up with a fresh ginger simple syrup and a hint of mint. It's light and refreshing, and with a touch of club soda, this is a beverage that's perfect for all of your summer get-togethers.
*This is another entry for Kalyn's Weekend Herb Blogging Roundup*
Ginger Mint Lemon Cooler
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
2" piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1/4 tsp mint extract (optional)
2 cups fresh lemon juice
6 cups cold water
In a small saucepan, combine water, sugar, and ginger, and bring to a boil. Allow to simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain out ginger slices, and pour into a pitcher. Add mint extract if desired, lemon juice, and cold water. Stir well. Fill glasses with ice cubes. Pour lemon cooler into glasses, filling about 3/4 of the way. Top off with cold club soda, and garnish with ginger slices and lemon peels.