This recipe was inspired by one of my great-grandmother's. I played around with the ingredients she used (and a few more)and came up with this.
It is very good for a hot day in the middle of summer, whether you're out in the garden or enjoying a tea party with little sisters on the porch. It is very simple to make, and calls for just a few ingredients. I hope you try it!
Livvy's Mint Lemonade Syrup
4 cups sugar
3/4 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
2 cups water
11/2 cup lemon juice
4-5 drops lemon flavoring
2-3 drops yellow food coloring, optional
Put the mint, sugar & water into a pot and bring to a simmer. Gently simmer for 3 minutes and then add the lemon juice, flavoring & food coloring. Let this cool slightly then transfer to a jar. Refrigerate until use. To use, mix 1/2 cup syrup & 8 ounces water, then pour over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
Or, for a delicious Arnold Palmer, use Sweet Tea in place of the water.
Makes approximately 31/2-4 cups of syrup.
The syrup will not be thick and goopy, it will be a slightly thick liquid when it's refrigerated. This makes it much easier to mix into cold water.
Prepared this way makes a slightly tart, pleasantly sweet glass of lemonade.