There is nothing better on a hot summer day to cool down with than a nice ice-cold glass of lemonade. Something magical happens when you mix lemon juice, water, sugar, mint, and cucumber, that makes the most refreshing beverage EVER! I almost exclusively drink water, which I should do a blog post about soon, but I make an exception when it comes to my lemonade.
I have been making lemonade ever since I was young. I have never been into the powders and love squeezing my own lemons and making it from scratch. I have had tons of lemonade stands every summer since I can remember. I really loved having lemonade stands so much. I would literally stand out there for over 6 hours, selling lemonade. It definitely helped living right off a highway, I will say! I just loved lemonade and loved selling it because it was like my own little restaurant. I not only had lemonade but other baked goods as well. I even had one this summer because you can never be too old for a lemonade stand!
I’ll be sipping on a glass of this Cucumber Mint Lemonade all summer long. I know you will be too! So check out the recipe below!
- 1 cup water + 4 cups cold water
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1 cup ice
- To make the simple syrup: In a small sauce pan, heat up one cup of water and the sugar, mixing continuously with a wooden spoon, until the sugar dissolves into the water. Set aside for 5 to 10 minutes, to cool.
- In a large pitcher, place the mint leaves and muddle (smash a few times) them with the wooden spoon. Add the lemon juice, simple syrup, sliced lemon, sliced cucumber, ice, and the cold water, into the pitcher. Mix with the wooden spoon to combine everything together. Chill the pitcher in the fridge until serving.