Minted Lime-Lemonade

A fruit ade is sweetened with a “simple syrup,” which is made by dissolving sugar in boiling water. The syrup is important because granulated sugar would not dissolve in the cold juice. In this recipe, the sugar syrup is also the vehicle for the cool flavor of mint.

8 limes
2 lemons
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint leaves, lightly bruised
1 cinnamon stick

1 With a vegetable peeler, remove strips of zest from 2 of the limes and both the lemons. Squeeze all of the limes to get a total of 1 cup of juice. Squeeze the lemons to get a total of 1/2 cup of juice. Set the juices aside.
2 In a small saucepan, combine the lime zest, lemon zest, sugar, water, mint, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 5 minutes to dissolve the sugar. Let the syrup cool to room temperature. Strain and discard the solids.
3 Transfer the sugar syrup to a jar or juice container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the lime and lemon juices, and shake to combine. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 3 cups syrup

Makes 3 cups servings.
Per 1/4 cup: 107 calories, 0g total fat (0g saturated), 0mg cholesterol, 0g dietary fiber, 28g carbohydrate, 0g protein, 1mg sodium.