South African summer is officially kicking into gear which means, scorching hot summer days spent poolside. And, what better way to cool off this summer with a glass of ice cold, homemade lemonade? This refreshing fresh mint and ginger lemonade recipe from Jenny Ward, the Head Chef at CHEFS in Gardens, Cape Town, is sure to be a hit with young and old this summer.
Jenny’s fresh mint and ginger lemonade is simple to make and perfect to cool the entire family on a hot summer’s day. If the adults in the crew are keen to spice things up a little, this delicious drink also acts as the ideal base for that delightful cocktail at the end of a busy day.
Chef Jenny’s mint and ginger lemonade
Serves 4 – 6
8 large lemons
20g fresh mint
2 tbsp grated ginger
3 cups granulated sugar
2 L sparkling water
Slice the lemons thinly and place them in a large plastic container. Top them with fresh mint and ginger and sprinkle with sugar. With clean hands, rub and squeeze the lemon onto the sugar. Repeat this process 3 times every 15 mins. Strain the thick syrupy liquid. Pour 50ml of this mixture into a jug for every 300ml of sparkling water used.
Garnish with fresh mint, lemon slices and plenty of ice.
To spice things up or for a special occasion, add 30ml of gin, vodka or Cachaça.
Be sure to visit CHEFS at 81 St John’s Street in Gardens, Cape Town to sample the tasty summer menu. The kitchen opens for lunch from 12:00-15:00 and for dinner from 17:30-20:30, Monday-Friday.