Spending a hot summer in the middle east as an aide worker was not always easy. The dry heat of the desert we worked in was quite suffocating some days and the electricity was spotty at best, because of the over-population of the town we were staying in. One evening we got to go out to town for pizza at the shopping center and that is where I had the most refreshing drink I had ever tried! It was a delicious frozen mint lemonade, which they called “lemonada.” Ever since then I knew I had to try making my own at home and this frozen strawberry mint lemonade tastes just as good as the frozen lemonade I had in the desert mall on a hot and dry evening! This frozen strawberry mint lemonade is perfect for summer hosting events, picnics, pool parties and so much more! If you enjoy frozen drinks you may also enjoy my recipes for Mocha Frappuccino, or Frozen Hot Chocolate.
See below the recipe card for step by step photos and notes.
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Frozen Strawberry Mint Lemonade
- Blender (linked below)
- Citrus juicer (linked below)
- Saucepan (linked below)
- Paring knife
- 1 cup water *see note
- 3/4 cup apple mint or spearmint tea leaves packed
- 8 oz. hulled strawberries roughly 1 1/2 cups
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/3 cup sugar add to taste
- 12 large ice cubes *see note
- See note below for using mint tea bags if you do not have fresh mint tea on hand. Wash the tea leaves well and bring the one cup of water to a boil in a small saucepan. Place the tea leaves in the boiling water, then remove from heat and allow to steep for 40 minutes. Once steeped, strain the tea and discard the tea leaves.
- Place the hulled strawberries, mint tea, sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice and ice cubes into a large blender. Blend all together until the strawberries are blended in. Add more or less ice and sugar as needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
Equipment needed for this Frozen Strawberry Mint Lemonade:
- Blender I like to use my Oster (not an ad) blender for blending up the components of this frozen strawberry mint lemonade.
- Citrus juicer Using a citrus juicer makes juicing the lemons (for the freshly squeezed lemon juice) much more convenient!
- Saucepan If using fresh peppermint tea, I like to use a saucepan with a lid to boil the water in. Then simply add the tea leaves, cover, and allow to steep for the time given in the recipe card.
- Paring knife A paring knife is handy for hulling (removing the stems) the strawberries.
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Ingredients needed for this Frozen Strawberry Mint Lemonade: Sugar, lemon, apple mint or spearmint tea leaves, water (not shown) and strawberries.
My personal preference is to use Apple mint (aka wooly mint) tea leaves in this frozen strawberry mint lemonade. The sweet mint flavor of the Apple mint tea pairs so well with the strawberries and lemon flavors. Apple mint may not be available for everyone, so peppermint tea bags are also a great option and produce similar results in this fruity frozen lemonade.
Step 1-2: Brew the peppermint tea with fresh mint tea leaves, or with a peppermint tea bag as directed in the recipe card. Place the remaining ingredients into a blender and pour the freshly steeped tea over top.
The tea should be room temperature or chilled before it is added to the blender. In a pinch, you can add additional ice cubes until the drink has the consistency you prefer.
Step 2: Blend all the ingredients together until the strawberry mint lemonade has a nice frozen consistency and the strawberries are blended into the drink.
Step 3: Serve and enjoy!
You can garnish this frozen strawberry mint lemonade with lemon slices or sliced strawberries to give the drink that extra “wow” factor. If you plan to take this frozen strawberry lemonade to a picnic or event, you will want to keep it in a cooler, and could blend in a few extra ice cubes to keep it cold for longer. The drink may lose its frozen texture after a few hours, but is still delicious served over ice.
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