I got this recipe many years ago from a Bon Appetit book that came with a subscription. I don't remember who created it or what book it was. I have it somewhere here.
I have adapted it and it is always a hit. I made it today and my friends son had 2 glasses. he thought it was amazing.
Mint & Ginger Lemonade
1/2 cup mint leaves, packed & chopped
1/3 cup ginger root, peeled & chopped
1/3 cup agave nectar*
2 cups boiling water
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (2 to 2-1/2 lemons)
1.5 cups cold water
zest of lemons
Combine mint, ginger, lemon zest** and agave nectar in a medium bowl. Cover with boiling water and cover. Let steep for 1/2 hour.
Strain into 4 glass measuring cup. Press the solids to release the excess liquid. Add lemon juice and enough cold water to measure 4 cups total.
Fill glasses with ice, add lemonade, garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices. Serve.
* if you can't find agave, use honey.
** original recipe does not call for doing this but it gives it more lemon flavor.
I used Meyer Lemons which are sweeter. If you decide to do that, use less agave.Also, I've made this so many times and each time I use some other herbs in the mixture too - lemon balm, lemon verbena, both nice. Even basil is nice.
I've also added vodka, which is a nice touch, for adults.
Yield: 4 servings
Source: Bon Appetit book (forget which one)
Posted by RisaG