Happy Thursday Everyone!
It’s been a lonnng week, and it’s suppose to feel like 34 today😎…so I am some ready for #ThirstyThursday ! Summer is finally here, and I have the perfect cocktail to cool you down on these hot sunny days!!🍋Minty Bourbon Lemonade🍋, it’s as delicious as it sounds!
Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice, mint simple syrup and Bourbon, yumm!! It makes a whole pitcher and will serve about 8-10 people, or 2 (did I mention it has been a long week?). If your into Whiskey Sours, you’re gonna love this! Lemonade is so easy to make at home using only 3 simple ingredients! Fresh lemon juice, water and sugar, that’s it.
We’re gonna make a simple syrup to sweeten the lemonade, which is simply water and sugar that you bring to simmer and it makes a syrup. It dissolves better in the lemonade than adding raw sugar. You can make a double batch of this and keep it in the fridge to sweeten cocktails, single serving of lemonade, it’s nice to have on hand. In this case, we are going to make a mint simple syrup, YUM! Simple syrup is so versatile, you have so many possibilities! I make a lot of herb-y simple syrups, but you can also make some with fruit, strawberry rhubarb lemonade anyone?? Coming Soon🍓!!
This Minty Lemonade is also delicious without alcohol for all my Mama to be friends out there, you add the Bourbon separately so it’s great to make for a crowd, you have something for everyone! I’m sure the kiddos would love this too! The mint flavour is subtle but as the same time present, it’s sweet but not too sweet, it’s pretty darn good if I do say so myself!
I went with Bourbon here because 1. It’s delicious and 2. It’s delicious😏. Bourbon is a type of Whiskey but it’s slightly sweeter. I am no Whiskey connoisseur but here’s what I know: Whiskey is made primarily from fermented grain such as barely, wheat or rye. Bourbon is also made from fermented grain but primarily from corn (hence the sweetness). For a Whiskey to be called a Bourbon it must be at least 51% Corn or more and has to made is the USA. I won’t get into it more than that because that’s pretty much all I know loll!!
So, Minty Bourbon Lemonade, perfect cocktail for any occasion but especially on days like today! A Classic Caesar would also be delicious today… so. many. options 🤷🏻♀️!!
Minty Bourbon Lemonade, as delicious and refreshing as it sounds!! Perfect for a crowd on hot summer days!! The mint flavour is subtle but present, the lemonade is sweet but not to sweet, and the bourbon ads the perfect little kick!! You add the Bourbon separately in each cocktail so you can serve the Minty Lemonade on it’s own for a delicious mocktail or treat for the kids! Cheers!
- 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 cup packed mint leaves
- 2 Cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 5-6 Cups water
- Extra lemon slices for garnish
- Fresh mint for garnigh
- To a small saucepan, add 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar and 1 1/2 cups water.
- Bring to a simmer until sugar has dissolved.
- Once all the sugar has dissolved, add fresh mint leaves and let steep for about 30 minutes.
- Strain the syrup into a mason jar and discard the mint leaves.
- Store in fridge until ready to use.
- Freshly squeeze 2 cups lemon juice, about 8-10 lemons depending on the size.
- Add the fresh lemon juice to a pitcher along with 5 cups water*.
- Add simple syrup* and stir to combine.
Minty Bourbon Lemonade:
- In a glass or cocktail shaker, add 2 ounces of bourbon and 6-8 ounces of minty lemonade.
- Pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slice and fresh mint leaves.
*The simple syrup will keep nicely in the fridge for up to a month so you can prepare it ahead of time.
**You can start off by adding about a cup of the simple syrup, taste the lemonade and adjust to taste. Some people like it sweeter and some people like it more on the sour side. Don’t forget it will dilute a little with the ice and bourbon.
***I do 2 cups lemon juice, 5 cups water and the simple syrup but you could go up to 6 cups water. I suggest starting off with 5, tasting and adjusting from there.
Keywords: lemonade, bourbon, mint, cocktail, mocktail