I love lemons. I make lemon ginger health shots and drink lemon water all of the time. I recently bought some mint leaves because I wanted to recreate a healthy "milk" shake I had had at one of my favorite restaurants. So...the mint leaves were there and voila! The idea of combining mint and lemon was born.
Of course, I am not the first to think of this by a long stretch. But, I needed something to remind me of it and now I am reminding you: lemon and mint together is delicious! Plus mint and lemon both offer vitamins and minerals that are good for us. And, now that it is getting warmer out, refreshing beverages are extra lovely. I used Bobby Flay's recipe to get me started, but altered it a bit. If you like more exact measurements, use his!
Throw it all in a blender:
1. One whole peeled lemon (cut it in half, then cut the skin off, then pull out the seeds with your knife). Using the whole lemon would seem to allow for the maximum health benefits from this fruit. Why not use the whole thing?
2. Less than 1/4 cup of simple syrup (boil one part sugar and one part water until sugar dissolves and then let cool or add ice), or just use some stevia (or any other natural sweetener you prefer)
3. About 4 fresh mint leaves (health benefits of mint)
4. Dash of stevia
5. 4 ice cubes
6. Around 1 cup of water
Blend, adjust to taste, and then pour over ice! This yields two servings of tangy deliciousness. As a bonus, it's a beautiful color. Enjoy!