A tart and tangy vodka lemonade is the perfect way to cool down and unwind on a sweltering summer evening. The addition of fresh herbs like mint is an easy way to introduce a little complexity and inject an invigorating edge to the summer staple. A hint of mint in combination with the effervescence of club soda adds a refreshing touch to ordinary vodka-laced lemonade.
Minty Vodka Lemonade
- 3 1/2 oz. lemon juice (preferably fresh-squeezed)
- 2 1/2 oz. vodka
- 2 1/2 oz. mint simple syrup* (recipe follows)
- 1 1/2 oz. club soda
- Mint sprig, for garnish
Pour vodka, lemon juice, mint simple syrup and club soda into a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Stir. Add a sprig of fresh mint, for garnish. Sip, and enjoy.
Mint Simple Syrup:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup agave sweetener
- 1 cup water
- Several sprigs of mint
Note: Agave syrup cuts down on the sugar and the calories. Don't have agave syrup on hand? Use 3/4 cups granulated sugar.
In a small saucepan, bring sugar, agave sweetener, mint sprigs and water to a boil. Stir to ensure sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for an additional 15 minutes, or longer if you’d like a stronger flavor. Remove mint sprigs and cool before using.
Muddle fresh fruit - such as strawberries, blueberries or raspberries - into the bottom of the cocktail glass first for a berry minty vodka lemonade.
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