Sparkling ginger-mint lemonade

Enjoy as a mocktail or in a spiced-up gin & tonic!

At this time of year, I often find myself craving all things citrus. Lemon is a particular favourite of mine – I love its bright, fresh, tanginess which adds a huge pop of flavour to any recipe. With fresh ginger and mint, this lemonade is as healthful as it is delicious. I usually mix fruit concentrates with soda water, but find this one is especially delicious with tonic water (with or without a splash of gin). This lemonade – spiked or not – would be great for pitcher drinks for a party. Cheers to spring sunshine in a glass!


Lemonade concentrate:

  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) peeled, chopped fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) packed coarsely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) honey
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) boiling water
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cold water

To serve:

  • ice cubes
  • fresh mint leaves
  • lemon slices
  • tonic water or club soda
  • gin (optional)


  • Combine ginger, mint and honey in a medium-sized heatproof bowl. Add boiling water and let sit for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally with a metal spoon.
  • Strain into 4 cup (1 L) canning jar or glass pitcher, pressing on solids in the strainer with the back of a spoon to squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  • Add lemon juice and cold water. Stir.
  • The lemonade concentrate can be kept covered in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for up to 3 months.
  • To serve, fill glasses with ice. Add a 1.5 oz (3 tbsp / 45 mL) shot of gin, if using, then add enough lemonade mixture to fill the glasses 3/4 full. Top with tonic water or club soda. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices and serve.

Makes approximately 3 cups of lemonade.


Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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