Nothing says Summer like fresh squeezed lemonade. I had a bunch of left over lemons from my son’s graduation I need to use so I decided to whip up a batch. I am also trying to find a drink I can make for a crowd and thought this would be a good mixer for alcohol. You could mix it with a flavored vodka, berry , vanilla etc… Mix it with a wheat beer for a traditional Shandy or go out on a limb and make a drink worthy of Ramona from Real Housewives of NYC, yes it’s turtle time somewhere. Mix 1/2 lemonade and 1/2 Pinot Grigio and you’ve got a Ramona Shandy. This drink is refreshing and light and economical for a party or a large group of housewives. Maybe even serve it at book club if you are reading Most Talkative by Andy Cohen. I apologize for the picture quality, I made this spur of the moment and used my phone camera, but you get the idea.
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade with Mint
4 c water
2T fresh mint leaves
2 c sugar
1 c fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 c ice
1 lemon sliced for garnish
Mint sprigs for garnish
Put 4 cups water in a sauce pan with mint leaves, add sugar and stir, bring to a boil stir making sure all sugar is dissolved and remove from heat and let cool, remove mint leaves.
In a large pitcher add lemon juice, cooled mint and sugar mixture and ice, stir until combined.
Serve over ice, garnish with mint and lemon, or mix with Pinot Grigio for a Ramona Shandy