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Sparkling Mint Lemonade Deliciousness

This recipe also came from my Williams Sonoma “Dinner Parties” cookbook and it is AMAZING!!  This lemonade recipe is the perfect balance of tart and sweet and is extra refreshing because of the mint.

I found these really cute resealable glass bottles at Ikea for only $3.99 each!  http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50108908  They were really perfect for this lemonade, because they served as part of the centerpiece as well as helping to keep the carbonation contained.  If the bottles are filled and sealed for a bit, they pop like a champagne bottle!!  It adds a great amount of fun to the meal.

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1, 3 inch section lemon peel

3 sprigs of fresh mint

8-12 lemons

3 bottles sparkling water

Combine 2 cups water and 2 cups in a heavy sauce pan.  Peel a long strip of fresh lemon peel and place in the pan.  Heat the mixture over medium heat and bring to a boil for 1 minute to make a simple syrup.  Remove from the heat and add the sprigs of mint to steep for about 30 minutes.  In the mean time, squeeze 8-12 lemons to get 1 and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice.  Strain the simple syrup into a pitcher (so you can catch the peel and mint, make sure you squeeze your spoon against the mint to get every last drop of that syrupy goodness!).  Then strain the lemon juice so you can catch any pulp and seeds.  Stir to combine.  Right before serving add the 3 bottles of sparkling water and stir gently to combine.  Either serve from the pitcher or pour into individual bottles (the full recipes fills 3 resealable bottles).  Also, if you do the resealable bottles, be sure to leave a little room for the carbonation to expand.

I would suggest offering a funnel to help your guests guzzle this sweet and tart goodness as quickly as possible!

String a thin slice of lemon and a mint leaf on a wooden or bamboo skewer for a super cute garnish for this lemonade!!

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About Hang Onto Your Fork

I am just a girl who loves to cook. I am happiest when friends and/ or family are sitting around my table enjoying a meal and sharing stories and laughter! I noticed myself spending a lot of time reading recipe sites, food blogs and cook books and finally decided to get in on the action! I am very much an amateur cook, and through the last couple of years have learned a lot through trial and error. So, I would like to invite you to join in my culinary triumphs and laugh at my kitchen disasters! I welcome any tips/ advice/ and comments that you may have!

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  1. Oh my gosh Katie I loooooooved this lemonade! It was such a refreshing treat to enjoy at our girls dinner, and I may even try to tackle it in my own kitchen! Your presentation is always impressive too ~ I would’ve never thought to serve it in those adorable bottles next to a vase of lemons and limes…this recipe is another impressive delicious treat that I’m glad I got to enjoy straight from the chef herself. 😉 Can’t wait to see what comes next ~ oh the perks of being friends with someone who loves to cook, and loves to share what she makes! XOXO! 🙂

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  2. You’re right this is a great recipe. We did something similar with mint a few months ago. The combo of mint and citrus is just wonderful. Love the slideshow.

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  3. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for?
    you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is
    magnificent, let alone the content!

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    • Joyce, thanks so much for your kind words! I started the blog in 2010, but sadly haven’t made the time for new posts in well over a year. Your comment was just what I needed to get back into it! I will make a point of doing some cooking this weekend and recommitt to keeping up with new posts!

      Thanks again!
      Katie

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