Lemon-Mint Sparklers

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Make the syrup a week ahead, and keep cold. Chill the club soda, too, but mix the drink just before serving to keep it nice and fizzy. Use leftover syrup to make a boozy version for the grown-ups in your crowd, and set up a self-serve beverage station with fresh lemon and mint leaves.

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups fresh lemon juice (about 10 lemons)
  • 1 1/2 cups Lemon-Mint Syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups chilled club soda
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Preparation

Hands On: 30 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 30 Minutes

  1. Stir together all ingredients in a large pitcher. Serve immediately.
  2. Lemon-Mint-Bourbon Sparklers: Prepare recipe as directed, omitting lemon juice and reducing Lemon-Mint Syrup to 1/3 cup. Stir in 1 1/2 cups bourbon.
  3. Makes 5 1/3 cups.
  4. Hands-on 10 min.; Total 1 hour, 10 min, including syrup
Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione, thecoupleskitchen.com,
July 2014