Let's begin making our limeade. Start by making a mint syrup. Sprigs of fresh mint are added to a simple syrup of sugar and boiling water. Let the syrup cool to room temperature or make ahead of time and put it in the fridge. In addition to the mint leaves in the syrup, fresh mint leaves are chopped and put into the bottom of the pitcher. Pour your syrup over the mint leaves. Next add the fresh lime juice and water. Stir and your limeade is ready to serve.
From Our Best Bites and Adapted by From My Southwest Kitchen
For the Syrup
2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
2-3 sprigs fresh mint
For the Limeade
1 3/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
8 cups cold water
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Fresh mint sprigs
1/2 cup sugar
1. Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat. Add the sugar and stir until the syrup is clear - the sugar has dissolved. Add the mint sprigs. Allow to cool at room temperature or place in the refrigerator. The syrup can be made a few days ahead of time.
2.When ready to serve, place the chopped mint leaves in the bottom of the serving pitcher. Remove the mint sprigs from the syrup. Add the syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, and 8 cups of cold water. Stir well.
3. Place the 1/2 cup of sugar on a small plate. Using a damp paper towel, wipe around the rim of each glass and then invert the glass into the sugar. Carefully fill the sugar-rimmed glasses with ice cubes and pour the limeade into the glasses to serve.
Makes 12 servings