Mint Lemonade Sparkler

Lemonade, it seems, ranges from being tart enough to make you pucker to super sweet, and everything in between.  This lemonade is an old recipe of my mom’s that she picked up somewhere and has become a staple at our summertime gatherings ever since.  The addition of orange juice concentrate to the mix mellows the tartness of the lemon juice and  steeping mint in the citrus mixture makes it so very refreshing!  I think it’s perfect.  In fact I like it so much that we mixed up a huge batch to serve our wedding guests as they waited for the reception to start while we took pictures after the ceremony.  

……Actually, I have no memory of preparing the lemonade that day, it just magically appeared after the ceremony as I had requested.   Which means that on top of everything else she had to worry about that day, my Mom was also mixing lemonade for 150 guests to fulfill another whim of the bride.   Now, 12 years later, I still think of that day every time I have a glass and it makes me smile.  :)  Thanks Mom (and your lovely friends who I’m sure helped)!  :)

Mint Lemonade Pot

The beauty of this mint-infused lemonade is that it makes a lemonade mix from frozen orange juice concentrate and bottled lemon juice so there is no squeezing of lemons involved! This makes a lot of lemonade mix, so it works great for a crowd!  Just combine the mix with equal parts water and you are ready to go!  In my version seltzer water and spirits give it some extra sparkle, so it was right at home at our July 4th picnic over the weekend.  Mint Lemonade Glasses

To start, dissolve some sugar in water.  Add all of your remaining ingredients and let it steep for 1-2 hours.  Strain the mint and your mix is ready! Combine it with plain water as called for in the original recipe or substitute seltzer water to make it fizzy.  A nice splash of triple sec and vodka make it a party!  Be warned: you can’t even taste the vodka so drink with care!Mint Lemonade 8

Mint Lemonade Sparkler
Mint lemonade is all grown up with seltzer water and spirits to really make it sparkle! No juicing of lemons needed!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 5 cups water
  2. 2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  4. 1 cup orange juice concentrate, thawed
  5. 1 1/2 cups bottled lemon juice, such as ReaLemon (look for it in the juice aisle)
  6. Seltzer water
  7. Triple sec
  8. Vodka
  1. 1. Add 2 cups of sugar to 5 cups water and bring to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
  2. 2. Add thawed orange juice concentrate, lemon juice, and mint leaves. Allow to steep for 1-2 hours.
  3. 3. Strain mint leaves.
  4. 4. To make lemonade, combine one part lemonade mix to one part water.
To make your lemonade sparkle
  1. 1. Combine 4 cups lemonade mix with 4 cups seltzer water.
  2. 2. Add 1/2 cup triple sec and 1 1/2 cups vodka.
  3. 3. Serve over ice.
Adapted from Marcia Zeigler's Mint Lemonade
Adapted from Marcia Zeigler's Mint Lemonade
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  1. Megan

    Yes! I’m very excited to drink a LOT of this :)

  2. Jessica

    Thank goodness for this post, I have been coveting that recipe for ages!!

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