Ginger Mint Limeade

Considering beverage recipes don’t make a dominant appearance on the blog-o, it’s pretty obvious I’m a little boring when it comes to drinks. Except for the occasional swig of Guaraná (Brian’s favorite Brazilian soda that shockingly he can find in our little Idaho supermarket resulting in our fridge packed to the hilt with it, no room for broccoli, since he’s always sure they’re going to stop carrying it even though he’s singlehandedly keeping the Guaraná industry thriving out here), I usually stick with water, absolutelynolemon, and it works for me. I’ve always felt a little uncool not having jumped on the dirty Diet Coke or soda fountain drive-through bandwagon. I’m the girl carrying the scratched and dented water bottle instead. Hi.

But every now and then, when I need to whip out some serious rockstar points, a really delicious, refreshing drink, like this minty ginger ale limeade, always does the trick. Sipping on something icy and sweet and just a bit zippy (I love that word, zippy) is a great way to elevate dinner or entertaining to new heights. Or better yet, drink it up while sitting on the back porch in 100-degree weather watching your kids pelt each other with water balloons and you just might be able to imagine you are on the beach in Hawaii.

Um, or not.

Anyway.

The minty limeade gets its zippy notes from ginger ale. Add in the zesty fresh lime juice and fragrant mint leaves and this right here has all the flavors I love. Fresh limeade in any form kind of kills me and this delightful little drink has become a huge favorite of mine.

Ginger Mint Limeade

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Ginger Ale Mint Limeade

Yield: Makes about 8 1-cup servings

Ginger Ale Mint Limeade

Feel free to add more sugar to taste if you like drinks a bit sweeter. Speaking of sugar, blending the sugar until really fine will help it dissolve more easily in the juice. For extra icy oomph, try chilling your glasses in the freezer before pulling them out to serve the limeade.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar, blended until very fine (or use superfine sugar)
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes, depending on size)
  • 14-16 fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cups ginger ale, chilled
  • Lime wedges or slices for serving

Directions

  1. In a pitcher, whisk together the sugar, lime juice and mint leaves until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 4 hours, the mint flavor will get stronger as it sits).
  2. To serve, strain out the mint leaves and add the ginger ale and stir. Add ice cubes to glasses and pour in the limeade. Garnish with lime slices or wedges.
http://www.melskitchencafe.com/ginger-mint-limeade/

Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cuisine at Home (cut the sugar way down)

28 Responses to Ginger Ale Mint Limeade

  1. Sarah says:

    It’s always a good morning when there’s a new recipe on Mel’s blog! And I love lime and ginger ale so this is on the docket for the weekend. Do you think the 1/4 cup sugar is critical? Ginger ale has plenty of sweet – what are your thoughts?

    • Mel says:

      You could definitely try leaving out the sugar, Sarah. The original recipe called for about 4X this amount of sugar and I settled on the 1/4 cup as what worked for us. You could leave it out and add it in to taste if needed.

  2. Erika says:

    Hi Mel, this sounds yummy! So you mentioned to only leave the lime mint mixture in the fridge up to 4 hrs. Do you think if you took the mint out before 4 hrs the mixture would then last longer in the fridge? Like a couple days maybe? It seems like it should but wonder if you’ve tried it. Thanks!

    • Mel says:

      Hey Erika – I think if you wanted to refrigerate the mixture prior to serving longer than 4 hours, I’d stir together the lime juice and sugar and refrigerate that for as long as needed – then add the mint leaves a couple hours before serving. Does that make sense? I think the mint flavor will stay fresher that way.

  3. Kristi wright says:

    Thank you for bringing back the weekly menu plan, and for the new summer menus! I am a huge fan!!!

  4. Laura says:

    Do you put in whole mint leaves, or do you break them up a bit? This sounds wonderful!

  5. Stacey says:

    This sounds delicious! I’m a water girl myself, but I think that just makes me appreciate a great drink all the more when I do indulge!!

  6. Laurel says:

    This is PERFECT! Looks amazing. Totally making it for my anniversary dinner tonight.

  7. That sounds absolutely delightful and I think I need to go find some mint leaves so I can make it! I’m completely with you on the boring drink front though, I’m perfectly happy with my water, definitely no lemon! 🙂

  8. Katherine says:

    I’m a water girl myself, but I have to agree with your husband. Guarana is where it’s at!! I visited my parents when they were MP in Brazil and couldn’t get enough of it!! Thanks for all your delicious recipes. Don’t know where we’d be without them!

  9. Jessica Chamberlain says:

    This looks super yummy. I am a big fan of ginger ale. I will be trying this this weekend! And, the ribs look so good too. I have always been scared of ribs, but now I am ready to give it a try.

  10. Susan says:

    This looks delicious, can’t wait to try it. One of my favorite things to drink is water with fresh mint leaves in it like you do a lemon. So refreshing!

  11. Jana says:

    Absolutely delicious. We made this for a quick picnic outing today, and I felt all sorts of fancy to have a pretty (and delicious) drink. Thank you! And thanks for helping me feel fancy. 😉

  12. emily says:

    Can’t wait to try this! I’m one of those mean moms that refuses to keep soda in the house (unless it’s my top secret Pellegrino stash) and even makes them order water at restaurants–the horror! But Sunday dinner is the exception. A few years ago we started having a “special beverage” every Sunday for our big family dinner. The kids absolutely love it and it’s an easy way to make a china and goblets meal into a fun family memory.

  13. April says:

    This sounds amazing! I am so excited to try it!

  14. Nathalie says:

    This was amazing!!! I did not have mint on hand, but followed the recipe exactly, this is such a nice drink, will def. be making it again- thanks Mel!

  15. Jean says:

    4 cups of ginger ale plus 1 cup of lime juice equals 5 cups. There is no way that this recipe yields 8 1-cup servings.

    • Mel says:

      Hi Jean – the serving size is based on the instructions in step 2 to serve it over ice – I am able to get 8 1-cup servings that way. The serving size is just a recommendation. Hope that helps!

  16. Isabel says:

    Tell Brian he can buy guarana liters and cans at La Pequenita latin market on State Street about 2700 South. They sell lots of Brazilian goodies there. Enjoy

  17. Gina says:

    Sugar is so bad for everyone ….. most of your recipes are so unhealthy, sugar and flour are married.

    • B.Still says:

      I wonder who forced you here to utter things best left behind the gates of your lips, or in this case, your typing fingers Gina.

  18. Sandra D in Joliet says:

    I just discovered your blog and was skimming through the recipes when I came across this. It sounds delicious and I can’t wait until my mint plant starts growing. I’ll be making a batch. Thanks

  19. roohi says:

    Hi mel..how do I make ginger ale that u used in abv recipe

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