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.