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Food Factor: Mint Lemonade

Hot summer weather is here, and this mint lemonade is just the thing for cooling off! If you’re not already growing your own mint, I recommend trying it. Be sure to plant mint in a pot, because it thrives in Mississippi and will spread like wildfire if you put it in the ground!

The next best thing to growing your own mint is having a friend or neighbor who gardens or buying from a local grower. You can also find mint in the fresh produce section of your local market.

Stay hydrated this summer! Remember to try our flavored water recipes that use a combination of fruits rather than drinking a lot of sodas.

Mint Lemonade

5-6 large lemons for 1 cup of juice

1/3 cup mint leaves

3/4 cup sugar

8 cups water

Cut lemons and squeeze juice over strainer into liquid measuring cup.

Add mint leaves and one-fourth cup sugar to pitcher and mash together with wooden spoon.

Once mashed, add the lemon juice to the pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved.

Pour in water. Add remaining sugar and stir until dissolved.

Refrigerate for at least two hours. Strain before serving if desired.

Makes nine (1 cup) servings.

North Dakota State University Extension offers a printable recipe card.

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Recipe and video courtesy of Ms. Natasha Haynes, MSU Extension Service

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