Mint Lemonade by the Glass

This fresh mint lemonade recipe makes one glass, but you can easily multiply the ingredients to make an entire pitcher. Serve chilled and enjoy!

Mint lemonade by the glass

Summer is officially here, and fresh lemonade has a special place in my heart as distinctly summer. Just the sound of the clinking of the ice cubes on a glass makes me instantly nostalgic. I have a distinct memory of visiting my great aunts one summer and being served lemonade and ginger cookies on the porch of their 100-year-old house. Fast forward to today when I have my own 100-year-old house with a porch, I knew exactly what to serve on a hot summer afternoon: fresh mint lemonade. Here’s our best recipe for how to make this refreshing drink at home!

Why to make this mint lemonade recipe!

There are lots of homemade lemonade recipes, but here’s why to make this tasty, just sweet enough mint lemonade:

  • It’s made by the glass. Instead of making up a big pitcher, we’ve decided that a quick by-the-glass recipe fills our fix for a cool afternoon refresher.
  • You don’t have to use the stove. Many lemonade recipes indicate to heat the sugar with water into a syrup to help it dissolve into the water, but who wants to do that on a hot day? We found the simple stirring method was enough to get the job done, and this proportion of sugar to citrus was balanced enough to fit our tastes.
  • Fresh herbs make it minty fresh. The addition of fresh mint from the garden (which we can no longer live without) makes this lemonade just right for some sweaty afternoon porch-sitting!
Mint lemonade
You can also make an entire pitcher! See Fresh Lemonade Pitcher

How to make fresh mint lemonade

This homemade lemonade recipe can be made by the glass, or multiplied to serve a larger crowd. Here are a few tips on how to make this tasty beverage:

  • Use the basic by-the-glass ratio. We use 1 cup water and 2 tablespoons sugar for every lemon, which is about 3 tablespoons lemon juice. This ratio makes for a perfectly sweet tart, refreshing lemonade.
  • Muddle the mint. The amount of mint leaves you use it up to you, but we like ours fairly minty. For the most pronounced mint flavor, muddle the mint leaves in the glass before pouring in the rest of the ingredients. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can also freeze some mint leaves in the ice cubes for a Pinterest-worthy drink.
  • Use a citrus juicer. A citrus juicer makes quick work of juicing: here’s the press juicer we use. After a while, squeezing lemons by hand gets a tad tiresome (although it’s a great upper body workout if you’re making an entire pitcher of homemade lemonade!).
Citrus juicer
A citrus juicer makes quick work of juicing lemons

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This mint lemonade recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Fresh Mint Lemonade

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 glass 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This fresh mint lemonade recipe makes one glass, but you can easily multiply the ingredients to make an entire pitcher. Serve chilled and enjoy!


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1 handful fresh mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Several ice cubes


  1. Juice the lemon.
  2. Place the mint leaves in the bottom of a glass. Use a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler to gently muddle them. (For more, read How to Muddle Mint.)
  3. To the glass, add 2 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons warm water. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon juice and 1 cup cold water.
  4. Add ice cubes and fresh mint leaves. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mint lemonade,

Last updated: August 2020

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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.


  • Reply
    Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    June 3, 2011 at 7:52 am

    I like that this is by the glass. I made fresh lemonade for a crowd not too long ago and it was great, but a little labor intensive. And sometimes you just want a refreshing glass for yourself. :)

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    Parsley Sage
    June 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Great twist on an old classic. And totally perfect for this time of year. Dig that its buy the glass, keep it simple! Thanks for sharing :)

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    Baking Serendipity
    June 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Lemonade is distinctly summer and yours looks perfect! I love the fancied up mint leaf…it adds the perfect touch!

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    June 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Yum, love mint and lemonade. Perfect for summer!

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    June 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Looks so refreshing!

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    Isabelle @ Crumb
    June 3, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    I tried a mint and lemon slushie in Israel last year and it was one of the most refreshing thing I’ve ever had… slushies are a pain in the butt to make at home, though, so this sounds like it’s more my speed. :)

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    June 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Love that it’s by the glass. I just made a cup for myself!

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    June 3, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Lemonade definitely is the epitome of summer. I can just hear those ice cubes clinking now! I’ve never tried lemonade with mint before- it sound so refreshing!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
    June 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Fresh mint sounds like a wonderful addition!

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    June 3, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Just made a glass – absolutely delicious and perfectly refreshing!

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    June 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Look so good and refreshing by the glass. I made it tonight to serve with tapas. Thanks, it was so refreshing!

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    Donna at yumma yumma
    June 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Cool, refreshing, and beautiful! Its making me thirsty right now! I’m not a huge mint fan but freshly picked in the lemonade sounds very nice and tasty.

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    Debbie B (DebaRooRoo)
    June 5, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Such a fun idea to do it by the glass!! :)

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    June 5, 2011 at 11:39 am

    You read my mind! I just planted some mint in my herb garden and brought home a lemon, thinking, gosh I’m going to have to find a mint-lemonade recipe. Thanks! :)

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