Lemonade is not something unique to Spain, but you do find plenty of people making it during warm Summer days. After all, Spain has some exquisite lemons! I especially like lemonade with mint. Spanish recipes tend to use a specific type of mint called hierbabuena.
The recipe below is literally addictive and it is designed for people like myself, who do not have a proper blender that is able to crush ice. If you have a good blender, you can also substitute half of the water for ice cubes and then serve the lemonade immediately. I still prefer the option in the recipe, since it allows for the lemonade to infuse with the mint.
A classic Summer drink. Also in Spain!
- 5 lemons
- 120-150 g light brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1.2 l water
- Bunch of mint
Peel the lemons and take seeds out. Ensure there is no white peel remaining, since this will give the lemonade a bitter taste.
If you a have a large blender, mix peeled lemons, sugar, salt and water and blend until smooth. Otherwise take half the ingredients at a time.
Filter the resulting mix through a fine sieve and place in bottles, adding a good amount of mint leaves.
Place bottles in the freezer for 30 minutes and serve cold, with an ice cube or two.
To avoid that the lemonade gets watery, you might want to make ice cubes of lemonade!