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It has come to my attention, thanks to the photos shared by my friends on Instagram, that much of the United States has frozen over and will continue to be frozen for the next few days.

Instead of sharing another recipe for a soup, stew, or casserole to warm you, I’m going out on a limb today and sharing thoughts of summer with this homemade sparkling minted lemonade. Is there anything that makes you think of summer more than fresh lemonade? Minted Lemonade SpritzerWhile I understand you might not be compelled to make this sweetened, tart beverage when your thermometer registers temperatures below zero, I hope you’ll bookmark or pin this recipe to Pinterest to save for when the weather decides to warm up. Here on the west coast, it may appear warm and sunny, but believe me… we’re getting our fair share of cold weather. Alki Beach and Mt. RainierI’ve been enjoying the sun and blue skies by walking around West Seattle and exploring the neighborhood. If you look closely, you can see the silhouette of Mt. Rainier above the trees. Puget Sound from Lincoln ParkI’ve also heard that orca whales make regular appearances in the Puget Sound, so I’ve been spending a lot of time staring at the water whenever the orca alert websites say they’re in the area. I haven’t seen one in person yet, but I’m sure I will soon!

Sparkling Minted Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 cups sparkling water
  • 1 sprig fresh mint, stem removed
  • ice as needed

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, combine the water and sugar and heat over low heat until the sugar dissolves completely. Remove from the heat and cool completely.
  2. After the mixture has cooled, stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Divide the mint leaves among four glasses, and fill each with ice.
  4. Fill half of each glass with the lemon juice mixture, then top each off with sparkling water. Stir well to combine, then serve.
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