ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Refreshing and Easy Summer Drinks: Mint Iced Tea and Best-Ever Limeade (or Lemonade)

Updated on August 29, 2012
Best ever limeade: made by using the whole lime--peel and all--then straining the final product before serving.
Best ever limeade: made by using the whole lime--peel and all--then straining the final product before serving. | Source

Iced Tea and Lemonade are the staples of refreshing summer drinks. There's no reason to purchase them off the shelf in the store packed full of preservations, artificial sweeteners, and added sugars. They are easy to make, and with the added twists here, taste much better.

Mint Iced Tea

This ones becomes more refreshing the higher the temperature. The key here is to be very generous with the mint leaves. No matter how many you use, you will not create an overpowering mint flavor because you're pouring minted water over ice and diluting it. So, be generous. Use lots of mint. Besides, not only mint a sign of hospitality in many cultures, it's high in essential vitamins, minerals, phyto-chemicals, and anti-oxidants.


  • 15-20 leaves of fresh mint, additional ones for garnish
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups of ice
  • slice of lemon or lime (optional)


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, tear the mint leaves into halves and put into a teapot (or other pot that can be covered).
  3. Pour boiling water over the leaves and cover. Let steep for 8-10 minutes.
  4. Fill 2 drinking glasses 3/4 full of ice. Pour the hot, minted water over the ice. Garnish with lemon and fresh mint leaves and serve.

How Not to Screw It Up

  1. Don't rush the steeping and make sure the hot water and mint leaves are covered while they steep. You're trying to maximize the mint flavor that comes out of the leaves without losing heat from the water. If the water cools, you'll be left with flat water rather than mint tea.
  2. You can use glass drinking vessels because you are pouring the hot water over the ice that is in the glass, so even the hottest of boiling water will not crack your glass.

Limeade (or Lemonade)

Unlike most lime- or lemonade recipes, this one uses the whole lime--peel and all. This way, you don't have to get a workout just trying to juice the limes. Plus, blending the peels along with the pulp and juice adds an earthy flavor and complexity that makes the drink simply exquisite. Easier and tastes better? Now, that's refreshing.

The recipe here fills two 14-oz glasses without ice cubes.


  • 2 limes (or lemons)
  • 8 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  1. Cut the limes into quarters.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and liquify until smooth.
  3. Pour through a strainer into tall glasses. Serve.

How Not To Screw It Up

  1. The straining is important. Don't get lazy or you will be drinking more pulp than even pulp-loving drinkers can stand. The peel was left on the lime for flavor...not texture.
  2. I prefer using limes for this drink as the ones we get in California are free of seeds. Lemons, on the other hand, contain seeds and you should remove as many as you can before you put them in the blender. It's easier on your blender.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Cyndi10 profile image

      Cynthia B Turner 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Even though the temperature doesn't say it, summer will soon be here and this recipe looks as if it would be a great afternoon thirst quenching. I'm popping this in my recipe book so that I can pull it out when the temp hits 90. Glad you passed this on. Sharing.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)