Kiwi Mint Lemonade

So refreshing! If you don't have mint, try fresh lemon balm. The lemonade is also delicious without the herbs. Or try a splash of vodka!


1 cup (250 ml) water
1/2 (125 ml) cup granulated sugar
1/2 (125 ml) cup packed fresh mint leaves
3 California kiwifruit
2 to 3 lemons
Sparkling water

Kiwi Mint Lemonade

In a medium saucepan, heat water with sugar over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in mint leaves. Stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, peel kiwifruit and cut into chunks. Purée in a food processor. Place purée in a pitcher. Strain cooled syrup into pitcher, pressing on the mint, then discard leaves. Refrigerate until cold. Squeeze juice from 2 lemons. Stir into kiwifruit mixture. Taste, squeeze in juice from remaining lemon for a tarter lemonade. Pour into glasses. Top with sparkling water. Serve garnished with a slice of kiwifruit. Makes about 2¼ cups (550 ml) without sparkling water, enough for 4 drinks.