1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cups lemon juice
8 cups water
Handful of mint leaves
To make a simple syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Let cool. (Add cold water or ice to hurry the cooling process.)
Meanwhile, juice enough lemons to get 1 1/2 cups of juice. Stir together the simple syrup, lemon juice, and 7 additional cups of water.
Snip the mint leaves (or smash them with a muddler or wooden spoon to release the mint scent and flavor) and add them to the lemonade. Serve over ice.
Enjoy! This is such a refreshing treat on a gardening day.
Shortcut: add fresh mint to store-bought lemonade to give it a cooling kick.