Lightly Sparkling Homemade Summer Mint & Lemonade Cooler

by Charlie
Refreshing summer homemade mint and lemonade cooler

This refreshing homemade lemonade is ideal for hot summer days!

Quick to make and with only six ingredients, this super simple summer cooler is the perfect drink to make when you need to cool off. We love to make up a batch of this and take it with us in bottles for a summer picnic in the park. 

The inspiration for this drink came from one of our favourite local lunch spots, Falafel King on Cotham Hill in Bristol. We sat out on a sunny day and enjoyed one of their incredible falafel boxes with a glass of homemade lemonade, and thought to ourselves that we need more of this! Our recipe was born very soon after, and I’m happy to say it’s just as deliciously refreshing.

It’s the fresh mint that makes it.

It wouldn’t be nearly as refreshing without the mint! It helps to balance out the sweetness of the sugar and the bitterness of the lemons. One way to release some extra minty goodness while making up your batch of lemonade cooler is to try and muddle (or gently bash) the mint while stirring. Doing this will help release all the lovely minty oils. I think this homemade lemonade would be a delicious soft drink mixer to make something a little more alcoholic. Perhaps try a gin and lemonade? I think that would make a perfect accompaniment to our Simple Easy Vegan Chicken Caesar Salad. Or maybe, enjoy it with a slice of our Vegan Spring Vegetable Tart With Walnut And Kale Pesto.

This recipe is:

  • Vegan, dairy-free & gluten-free
  • Simple to make
  • Soft sparkling
  • Quick and Easy
  • Refreshing
Refreshing summer homemade mint and lemonade cooler
Refreshing summer homemade mint and lemonade cooler

Homemade Mint & Lemonade Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 5 glasses
Calories: 132kcal


  • 6 lemons
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • a bag of mint
  • 1250 ml still water
  • 250 ml soda water
  • ice


  • Squeeze the juice of two lemons into a saucepan, then place in the squeezed lemon halves too. Add in the sugar, mint and 250ml of the still water. Bring to the boil and stir to dissolve the sugar, then leave to one side to steep for 20 minutes.
  • After the time has passed, strain into a large (around 2L) serving jug. Pour in the remaining 1000ml of still water and all the soda water. Squeeze the remaining 4 lemons into the serving pitcher, including the squeezed halves, and top with a couple of handfuls of ice cubes.


Nutritional info:

  • 1g protein
  • 37g carbs
  • 0.3g fat
*calories and nutritional information are estimated per serving

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