How to Make The Best Mint Lemonade Recipe

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This is the most delicious homemade mint lemonade recipe! It makes a beautiful summer drink with fresh lemon juice, mint simple syrup, and cold water. This minty lemonade is easy to make and is full of mint flavor!

When it comes to refreshing summer drinks, lemonade is a classic choice that never disappoints. With its tangy and sweet flavor, this drink is perfect for beating the heat and quenching your thirst.

Mint lemonade in a glass with ice, garnished with a lemon slice and mint sprigs.

It’s also straightforward to make, requiring just a few simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen.

My recipe for mint lemonade calls for fresh-squeezed lemon juice, sugar, water, and a generous handful of mint leaves.

The result is a deliciously tart and sweet beverage perfect for sipping on a hot day. Fresh mint adds a refreshing twist that takes this drink to the next level.

Check out more of my lemon recipes and my creamy lemon mocktail.

5 Reasons You’ll Love This Mint Lemonade Recipe

We are confident you will love this refreshing and delicious mint lemonade recipe. Here are five reasons why:

  • The perfect balance of sweet and sour: Our recipe uses just the right amount of sugar and lemon juice to create a perfectly balanced flavor that’s not too sweet or sour.
  • Easy to make: With just four ingredients and a few easy steps, you can whip up a batch of this mint lemonade in no time.
  • Great for entertaining: This mint lemonade is a crowd-pleaser and perfect for serving at parties and gatherings.
  • Refreshing and hydrating: Mint lemonade is a great way to stay hydrated on hot summer days. Plus, the mint adds a refreshing and cooling element.
  • Customizable: You can easily adjust the sweetness and tartness to your liking by adding more or less sugar and lemon juice. Depending on your preference, you can add more or fewer mint leaves.

How to Make Mint Lemonade

We will cover everything you need to know to make this drink, answer questions, and share our expert tips. You can find the recipe card and measurements at the end of this post.


Here are a few items you’ll need to make this cold drink:

Lemon juice, water, sugar and fresh mint leaves.

Shopping List and Ingredient Notes

You only need a few simple ingredients to create a refreshing and delicious drink when making mint lemonade. Here’s what we use:

  • Fresh-squeezed Lemon Juice – Only use fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make this recipe.
  • Granulated Sugar – This is used to sweeten the drink.
  • Water – Filtered, cold water is best. You’ll use 1 cup when making the simple syrup and 1 cup of cold water for the pitcher.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves – Wash the mint leaves before using them in the recipe. We use about 1 cup total for this recipe, 1/2 cup for the syrup and 1/2 cup to garnish.
A pitcher of mint lemonade with lemon slices.

Varieties of Lemons You Can Use

We all know that lemons are an essential ingredient in making mint lemonade. But did you know that there are different varieties of lemons that you can use to make your drink taste even better?

Eureka Lemons – The most common type of lemon used in making lemonade. It has bright yellow skin and a tangy, acidic taste.

Meyer Lemons – A hybrid of lemons and mandarins. They have a mild flavor compared to regular lemons and are primarily used for baking, making drinks, or garnishing foods. The lemon’s rind is thinner than a regular lemon’s, and its flesh is softer, juicier, and more orange-colored.

Pouring fresh lemon juice into a glass pitcher.

Tips for Choosing Lemons

When choosing lemons for your mint lemonade, select ripe and juicy ones. You can tell if a lemon is grown by its bright yellow color and firmness.

Avoid using lemons that are too soft or have brown spots, as they may not taste as good.

Experiment with different lemon varieties to find the perfect mint lemonade. Whether you prefer a tangy or sweet taste, there’s a lemon out there that can give your drink the ideal flavor.

Glass of fresh homemade mint lemonade with lemon slices and mint sprigs,

Tips for Making the Best Mint Lemonade

Here are a few tips and tricks to take your drink to the next level. Here are some of our favorite tips:

  • Use fresh-squeezed lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice will give your lemonade a bright, zesty flavor you can’t get from bottled juice. Plus, it’s healthier!
  • Let the sugar water slightly cool before adding it to the pitcher.
  • Use fresh mint leaves: Mint is this recipe’s star, so take it seriously. Use fresh mint leaves for the best flavor.
  • Make sparkling mint lemonade by replacing the water with sparkling water.
  • Always wash the mint leaves before adding them to the pitcher.
  • Use less sugar if you prefer a tart taste.
  • Use coconut water for something different!

How to Store

Mint lemonade should be stored in the refrigerator without ice.

The drink can be enjoyed immediately, lasting up to three days.

Sugar Alternatives

Several options are available for those looking for a healthier alternative to sugar. Here are a few choices that we recommend:

  • Honey: Honey is a natural sweetener with antibacterial properties. It can be used as a substitute for sugar in many recipes, including mint lemonade.
  • Stevia: Stevia is a plant-based sweetener with zero calories and is much sweeter than sugar. Use in small amounts to sweeten mint lemonade. This is a great option for a sugar-free lemonade.
  • Agave Nectar: Agave nectar is a natural sweetener with a low glycemic index and a mild flavor. Use as a substitute for sugar in mint lemonade.

When using these alternatives, it is crucial to remember that they may have a different taste or texture than sugar. Finding the right sweetness balance in your mint lemonade may take some experimentation.

When to Serve Mint Lemonade

There are so many occasions when mint lemonade can be the perfect drink! Here are a few ideas:

Summer Barbecues: This refreshing drink is perfect for sipping on a hot summer day.

Outdoor Parties: Whether it’s a picnic, pool party, or backyard gathering, mint lemonade is an excellent choice for a refreshing and easy-to-make drink.

Brunch: Serve mint lemonade as a non-alcoholic option at your next brunch. It pairs well with savory dishes like quiches and frittatas.

Bridal or Baby Showers: Mint lemonade is a beautiful and refreshing option for any special occasion. Serve it in pretty glass pitchers with slices of lemon and mint for a lovely presentation.

This recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to suit your taste preferences. If you prefer a sweeter drink, add more sugar. If you like a more robust mint flavor, add more mint leaves. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

Refreshing summer drink with lemon juice and mint.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the benefit of mint lemonade?

Mint lemonade is a refreshing and flavorful drink that offers many benefits. The fresh mint leaves help to boost digestion, reduce inflammation, and soothe a sore throat. The lemon juice in the drink provides vitamin C and antioxidants, which help to boost immunity.

What is mint lemonade made of?

Mint lemonade is made from fresh lemon juice, mint leaves, water, and a sweetener. The fresh lemon juice adds tartness, while the mint leaves provide a refreshing flavor. The sweetener can be anything from simple syrup to honey, depending on your preference. The water helps dilute the strong flavors of lemon juice and mint, creating a delicious and refreshing drink.

How Much Lemon Juice Do You Get From One Lemon?

The amount of lemon juice you can get from one lemon varies depending on the size and type. Generally, one medium-sized lemon yields around 2 to 3 tablespoons of juice. Depending on the size and juiciness of the lemons, you’ll need about 4 to 6 medium-sized lemons, but generally, it takes around 4 to 6 lemons to yield 1 cup of juice.

More Lemonade Recipes You’ll Love

Lemonade is one of our favorite drinks! Here are more recipes you’ll love!

Watermelon Lemonade – You can make watermelon mint lemonade by adding mint to this recipe. The combination is delicious!

Meyer Lemonade – Made with juicy Meyer lemons, this lemonade is sweet with less of tartness.

Honeydew Lemonade – This is the best lemonade recipe if you love honeydew!

Strawberry Lemonade – Sweet juicy strawberries add extra flavor to this classic lemonade recipe.

Iced Berry Lemonade – Filled with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries, this recipe is perfect for a summer gathering.

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Mint lemonade in a glass with ice, garnished with a lemon slice and mint sprigs.

The Best Mint Lemonade Recipe

An easy and refreshing mint lemonade recipe made with just a few simple ingredients.
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Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 110kcal
Author: Eden


  • 4 cups water, Measured and split 1 cup and 3 cups.
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice, fresh-squeezed only.
  • 1 cup mint leaves, Measured and split 1/2 cup and 1/2 cup


  • Make the simple mint syrup by combining 1 cup water, 3/4 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup mint leaves in a saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture on medium until the sugar dissolves, then simmer for 5 minutes to let the mint leaves infuse.
    Water, sugar and mint in a saucepan to make mint simple syrup.
  • Remove from heat and let the syrup cool.
  • Using a citrus squeezer, squeeze fresh lemons until you get 1 cup of juice.
  • Next, pour 3 cups of cold water and the lemon juice into a large pitcher.
    Pouring water into a pitcher.
  • Strain the mint syrup into the pitcher.
  • Add fresh mint sprigs and lemon slices.
  • Stir everything together, and then let the mixture cool in the refrigerator. Serve when it's nice and cold!
  • Fill glasses with ice and pour the lemonade over the ice cubes to serve.


Use a sugar alternative like honey, Stevia or agave. 
Only use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. 
Make this ahead of time and store in the refrigerator overnight without ice. 
Make sure to add fresh lemon slices and a lot of mint! 


Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.2g | Saturated Fat: 0.04g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.05g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 321IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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