This post is sponsored by Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care.
When life gives you lemons, make Sparkling Mint Lemonade! Or, be like Beyonce, and smash some car windows. The choice is yours. I recommend the Sparkling Mint Lemonade.
Last month I had the opportunity to visit a farmer’s market in Vista, California in partnership with my friends over at Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care. In case you’re not familiar with Nature’s Care, they have a full line of products inspired by nature, including soils, plant foods, and controls designed for organic gardening.
Nature’s Care created a mobile tour that visit farmer’s markets along the west coast and invited bloggers and creators like myself to join the tour and offer a fun (and in my case delicious) demonstration showcasing their new line of products.
Inspired by my fondness for fresh herbs and for growing edible gardens back home. I decided to share a recipe for Sparkling Mint Lemonade. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Sparkling Mint Lemonade sounds kind of basic. I agree. However, as I’ve mentioned many times here on IBC, sometimes you can’t beat a classic recipe, especially when you give it a little twist.
Muddling fresh mint into the recipe and then topping the lemonade with a splash of sparkling water truly makes this drink special.
For that reason, I felt this was a doable idea and fabulous thing to demonstrate at the Farmer’s Market. I was right. It was a wonderful day, and folks loved the lemonade.
What made the day even more memorable was that several IBC readers stopped by. SweetShade Lane and Damara (and hubby) drove several hours to visit and share their pictures with me. – You made the day extra special. I can’t thank you enough.
Also, be sure to pop back on IBC later today. I created fun packets that I gave away at the farmer’s market. They included a recipe card for the lemonade, blank recipe cards, and pineapple mint seeds for growing your own mint with Nature’s Care. I’ll be giving away some extra packets and revealing how you can get free printables of the recipes cards I had designed for the event. (ENTER TO WIN and learn about the free printables HERE.)
Anywho, as promised, for all of you who couldn’t attend, I’m sharing the Sparkling Mint Lemonade recipe below. Give it a try for your summer celebrations and let me know what you think.
Have fun with it. Toss in other things such as fresh berries or use basil instead of mint to create your own unique flavor. ( The adorable glass bottles can be found HERE.)
Here's what you will need:
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup simple syrup*
1 cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
6 cups cold water
2 cups sparkling water
Sliced lemon for garnish
In a pitcher, add the fresh mint leaves and simple syrup. Gently muddle the leaves with a wooden spoon, being careful not to tear them. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water. Just before serving, add the ice and sparking water. Garnish with sliced lemon.
*Simple Syrup - In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup white sugar and 1 cup water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for about three minutes. Chill thoroughly before using.
I can’t thank Nature’s Care enough for inviting me to join their mobile tour. To learn more about Nature’s Care and all of their outstanding products, visit their website. If you’d like more ideas for stylish, functional, and delicious gardening, head on over to my “I Grow a Garden” Pinterest board.
I’ll be back here later today with details on those recipe cards. Stay tuned! I’m back. Details on those recipe cards and how to enter the Farmer’s Market Recipe Card Giveaway can be found HERE.
This is sponsored content written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care. The opinions are all mine.