Strawberry Mint Lemonade: A Summer Cooler

One of my fondest memories of summer as a child is of sitting in a white wooden booth with my friend, Dawn, drinking strawberry mint lemonade from a tall, cool glass in Misty’s – a tiny, crowded restaurant in the middle of the famous, little village of Woodstock.

The lemonade was sweet and sour (as lemonade tends to be…), the strawberry slices were delightfully “pickled” by the lemon and the sugar, and the mint kind of melted to fill in all the flavor spaces left over. We particularly enjoyed this treat after a visit to Big Deep, one of our local swimming holes.

Many years have passed since those halcyon days of youthful summer (yet I am only slightly taller than I was then – I think I must’ve hit my simply towering adult height of 5′ 2″ in 6th grade…) Misty quit the restaurant business years ago and now owns a charming shop down the street that sells French antiques and really good chocolates. And as I have yet to find another restaurant whose strawberry lemonade can hold a candle to the stuff Misty used to serve, I just make my own!

Strawberries in a Mason jar by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

It’s easy. And delicious. And refreshing. What’s not to love?

Mint is basically a weed (though in a rather ironic twist, the only time I’ve ever had trouble growing it was when I actually intended to – my pot of mint in Berkeley was perennially beset by bugs…) I think the trick is not to want it and then it flourishes!

Mint leaves close up by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Now we’ve got a bunch that grows wild at the border of our yard and I don’t do anything to or for it except pick some when I need it. Which is how I like it.

Fresh mint from our yard by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Strawberries are at their peak of freshness and flavor right now. I used the last of the berries we picked at Story Farm last weekend to make this batch of lemonade.

Strawberries by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I used some organic cane sugar from Trader Joe’s as my sweetener but you can use maple syrup, too – it will be a little easier to dissolve than sugar crystals (no need for simple syrup!) But I wouldn’t recommend using honey as it has too assertive a flavor – we’re really just going for sweet here, no added flavor needed.

You can juice your own lemons or buy the bottled organic juice. The fresh stuff is better, the bottled stuff is easier. It’s up to you — and there would be absolutely NO judgment from me — I often use the bottled stuff even though I know it’s “cheating.”

Juicing lemons by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

Start by muddling (which is an awesome little bit of cocktail-making lingo that means mashing ingredients together with something big and heavy) the sliced strawberries and mint leaves with some sugar and lemon juice in the bottom of your pitcher or jar.

Macerating the strawberries and mint with sugar by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

I like to let this mixture macerate for a few hours or overnight to let the sugar draw the juices out of the strawberries (a trick I learned from making jam.) Then add the rest of the lemon juice and either cold water or some sparkling water if you’re so inclined. Adjust the amounts of sugar, lemon and water to taste and serve! Add ice cubes if you can’t refrigerate before serving.

Strawberry Mint Lemonade by Eve Fox, Garden of Eating blog, copyright 2012

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Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Carole R.
Carole R2 years ago

Sounds delicious.

Debbi -.
Debbi -2 years ago

Sounds good, especially on a hot day.

Sonia Minwer-Barakat Requ
Sonia M4 years ago

thanks for sharing

Nimue Pendragon

Thank you, Eve :)

Christina B.
Christina B5 years ago

I'm going to try it, thanks.

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago


Magdalen B.
Magdalen B5 years ago

This looks gorgeous.!
I agree though, Miss I. The writer seems to be using the traditional measuring system favoured by my gran.The basic unit is "some". You know how much you like each ingredient and sort of play it by mouth.
Maybe the omission is a subtle (sneaky) way to get us to buy the book.

Debra Griffin
Missy G5 years ago