Even when it is sweltering hot outside, this drink feels like a cool breeze. The first time I tasted this was at one of my favorite lunch spots. They call it mintade. The name makes it sounds like a mint tea when it is really more of a fruit-juice-ade. The mint just adds a refreshing kick to the orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices. But calling it orange-grapefruit-lemon-lime-mintade would have been impractical. So, let’s go with calling it mintade.
I have been trying to figure out how to make this drink for awhile. I knew it had orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices (it says so right on their menu) and the mint is pretty obvious given the name. However, I never really knew where to start as far as the ratio of juices went. No one juice stands out stronger than the others. As good luck would have it, I happened to be flipping through an old issue of Gourmet magazine last weekend and there it was – a recipe for mintade. It was even called mintade. I changed the recipe just slightly, reducing the amount of grapefruit juice and water, in order to balance the other juice flavors better.
Now, I am ready for summer.
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups fresh orange juice
- ¾ cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
- ½ cup fresh lime juice
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn
- ½ cup sugar, or to taste
- Stir together water, juices, mint, and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour. Adjust sugar to taste and serve over ice.