Lemon Mint Slush

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

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Yield: 4 to 6


  • 6 lemons (1 cup juice)
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 1 handful fresh mint
  • ½ cup gin (optional)


  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. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze (the liquid will fill about 2 ½ trays).
  2. When ready to serve, place 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 without gin). Serve immediately.

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    May 24, 2012 at 7:47 am

    This sounds so refreshing. I’m running a marathon this Sunday and am going to make this when I get home! It would be perfect!

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

      Sounds delish — did it turn out?

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

    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.

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:38 am

      Agree — same here! :)

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    May 24, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Oh this does sound lovely! So cold and refreshing on a hot day. I’m so happy to have discovered your blog today :)

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    May 24, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    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.”

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      May 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm

      If you can keep ice cubes frozen until noon on Sunday, I’ll be impressed!

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    May 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    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! :-)

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    May 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    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!

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    May 24, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    These look so good. Sounds like a Memorial Day must have! YUM

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    May 24, 2012 at 7:08 pm

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

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    May 24, 2012 at 8:40 pm

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

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    Courtney Jones
    May 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    This with a splash of gin sounds fantastic! Might make these for my birthday BBQ in a few weeks!

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    May 30, 2012 at 8:32 am

    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!

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

      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 :) )

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    June 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

    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!

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      June 7, 2012 at 8:45 am

      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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    February 26, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I actually found this recipe in the 2016 tear away pad calender and absolutely loved it! Simple and quick to make! I’ve saved all the recipes from that calender and pick one out at random! Yall are fantastic!

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