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Lemon Mint Slush

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Summer has come to Indiana!  Not being a native Hoosier (read “Indian-ian”), it’s taken me a while to grasp the importance of the coming weekend for my adopted state. Not only does the Memorial Day holiday signify the coming of summer, it’s the day right before that’s even more important — Race Day!

Since I’m no true Hoosier (and have never been to the race — gasp!), I judge the start of summer in other ways – the temperature edging up into the 90s, the mint patch starting to run wild behind our garage, and our drooping landscaping.

And what better way to enjoy the rising temperatures than an icy drink? In honor of the upcoming summer weekend, Alex concocted this lemon mint slush (with that out of control mint!). His goal was to keep it naturally sweet, which sometimes can be tough with the strong taste of honey. However, this experiment came out perfect — the honey sweetens the lemon just enough, and the mint adds just the right amount of complexity.

Optionally, you can spike this one with a bit of gin — which ended up being delicious as well!  It was just enough to give it some bite, without being too strong.

Give it a try for some needed heat relief!

Lemon Mint Slush

Makes 4 to 6 servings

What You Need
1 cup fresh lemon juice – juice from 6 lemons
½ cup honey
3 cups water (divided throughout recipe)
Handful fresh mint
½ cup gin (optional)

What To Do

1  Juice the lemons. In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, 1/2 cup honey, and ½ cup water. Stir to dissolve the honey. When the mixture reaches a simmer, turn off the heat, and add a large handful mint leaves. Let steep for 10 minutes. Remove mint leaves and add 2 ½ cups cool water. Put into ice cube trays and freeze (the liquid will fill about 2 ½ trays or so).

2 When ready to serve, put the lemon ice cubes into a blender with ½ cup gin (optional), and blend. Add just enough water to make it slushy (about 1 cup, or more if you don’t add gin). Serve immediately.

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Comments 17

  1. Kevin

    Sounds great. We have a ton of mint as well.

    I’ve lived in Indiana my entire life, and have never attended the race. Spending 4 hours in the baking sun for a car race has zero appeal to me.

  2. Lin

    I have just the person who will love this drink. It might have to be added to the race day menu. And we have to find a camping blender. To sip while listening to “Back Home Again in Indiana.”

  3. Cheryl

    I’m so glad you posted this recipe! I’ve been looking for ways to use my ever expanding mint garden and this sounds delicious! Have a great weekend! :-)

  4. Kranbox

    YUM! Definitely making this. I love gin, my mint plant is growing out of control and it’s going to be a hot weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Patricia

    Oh this sounds amazing (and easy)! The temps are in the 100s already here in AZ and this sounds like a nice treat!
    Thanks!
    Patricia

  6. sarah

    This looks incredible. It’s been so humid here – this would be perfect for my evening. :) {I have out-of-control mint, too!}

  7. Alyssa

    I lived in Indiana for 10 years and, much to everyone’s disappointment, never attended a race….sitting in the hot sun, watching a car go around a circle? No thanks!

    This drink sounds super refreshing….can’t wait to try it!

    1. Sonja

      Agreed! I wonder if there is an amount of years after which you get worn down and are convinced to go? (Hasn’t happened yet :) )

  8. Rachael

    This is a fantastic recipe – thank you so much for the post! I have an entire side of my house covered in spearmint, which worked beautifully with this recipe! Perfect for a steamy Indiana afternoon – these have definitely become my summer drink of choice!

    1. Sonja

      Great – so glad you enjoyed it! It’s our new drink of choice too :) Can’t complain about out of control mint in my book!

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