Mint Lemonade Slush

So am I the only person in the world that never thought to combine mint and lemonade together? I’m not talking spicy, peppery mint flavor like mouthwash (ick). I’m referring to fresh mint. Cool, fragrant, sweet.

Frozen lemonade is frozen lemonade (delicious but ordinary) until you add fresh mint. It’s hard to explain the wow-factor. The lovely fresh mint gives a subtle boost to the sweet lemonade and spicy ginger ale and is the ingredient that leaves you kind of going, “Hmmm, what is that?” In a good way of course.

With the dead, oppressive heat of summer on us, I’m keeping my freezer stocked with this frozen mint lemonade combo. A little chilled ginger ale on top and you have the ultimate summer slushy drink. Perfect for red-cheeked children coming in from playing outside in the sun (and their mom, too, of course) and still more perfect for that neighborhood BBQ you volunteered to host. Silly you. Fill a punch bowl with this glorious concoction and no one will care what else you are serving. Frozen mint lemonade slush was meant to steal the show.

Mint Lemonade Slush

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Frozen Mint Lemonade Slush

Yield: Serves 15-20

Frozen Mint Lemonade Slush

The flavor of the frozen lemonade really comes through so make sure to use a brand that you like the taste of (I like the Cascadian Farms brand when/if I can find it, otherwise, I use Minute Maid). Also, if you aren't a ginger ale fan, I think you could definitely sub 7-Up or Sprite.

Ingredients

  • 8 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 ounce can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 6-8 sprigs fresh mint
  • 2 liters ginger ale, chilled

Directions

  1. In a 4-quart saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the sugar and continue to simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved, 1-2 minutes.
  2. Off the heat, stir in the lemonade.
  3. Add the mint leaves and cover the pot. Let the mixture sit for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Uncover, remove the mint leaves/stems and give the mixture a good stir.
  5. Pour the lemonade into a freezer-safe container with a lid (I used a large, flat tupperware-type container) and freeze until firm, 12 hours or so.
  6. Take the lemonade out of the freezer about 30 minutes to an hour before serving. Using a large spoon, scrape across the lemonade and fill each cup about 1/2 to 2/3 full of frozen lemonade.
  7. Pour ginger ale into each cup and serve immediately (garnish with a fresh mint leaf, if desired).
  8. Alternately, you can chunk the frozen lemonade mixture into a punch bowl and fill with ginger ale to serve family-style.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/frozen-mint-lemonade-slush/
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from my friend Sunny’s family cookbook via her sister-in-law, Hillarye (I decreased the sugar by 1/2 cup – that’s all!)

13 Responses to Frozen Mint Lemonade Slush

  1. Teresa says:

    Yum. I was hoping you would post a wonderful, summery drink this year, and this is it!!! I can never have too many summer drinks up my sleeve. We all love them in the hot weather.

  2. Kim in MD says:

    I’m not a huge mint fan, but this drink could change that. It looks so refreshing!

    You are hosting your neighborhood BBQ? How fun! I’ve done it, and I have one word of advice- DELEGATE! I provided the main course and drinks, and asked each family to bring a side dish, salad or dessert. I’m a control freak, so I assigned the dishes to each family. Otherwise I was afraid I would have ten bowls of potato salad and twenty five desserts! 🙂 You’re so organized, Mel. This will be a piece of cake for you!

  3. Cammee says:

    Ok, you talked me into trying it. I’ve seen mint lemonades, but couldn’t quite go there. Now you have me wanting one right now!

  4. Emilee says:

    In college a friend and I would go to a Lebanese restaurant where they served mint lemonade. The just put some fresh mint in the bottom of a glass, crushed it up a little and added ice and lemonade. So good! I definitely need to try this frozen version.

  5. heather says:

    Isn’t this overally sweet, with the lemonade concentrate, added sugar syrup and ginger ale? It seems like a LOT of sugar.

  6. Amanda says:

    Sounds so refreshing! I could go for one of these right now after this hot walk I just took 🙂

  7. I’ve never even heard of mint lemonade, but it sounds awesome! This looks like such a refreshing change from the usual berry punch that we always have at big group things.

  8. elizabeth says:

    hi mel,in response to your frozen mint lemonade drink , and you being the only one ???
    Much to my surprise I watched a childrens program “max and ruby” you know the one ??? with my little girl , (at the time) lol where ruby and her friend ? make a lemonade stand and use grandmas recipe for lemonade and garden mint …. that’s where I learned tv can be educational !!! lol have a great day mel & love site !!

  9. Stephanie says:

    Looks yummy! A little intrigued by your friend Sunny….I have a friend (college roommate) named Sunny who has a sister named Des and happens to live in Minnesota. Does your friend Sunny happen to have a bunch of cute boys and a husband named Kevin?

  10. Laura says:

    Just fed this to my gang after some yardwork in 97 degree temps and they are happy as clams!! So delicious! And what an easy thing to prep and have on hand for days like these. Thanks!

  11. Leah says:

    This was soooo yummy! I served half ginger ale, half club soda to cut the sweetness. It was still quite sweet and delicious. I’m going to try my next glass with just club soda to cut it even more.

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