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