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This mintade is a refreshing drink made from fresh squeezed orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices with fresh mint leaves. Great for a spring brunch or your next cookout.
* Plus chilling time.
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 had 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.
Tips for making mintade
- You’ll be squeezing a lot juice for this recipe so use an electric citrus juicer if you can. It will make the prep much faster. You will want the kind that has a spinning reamer that you hand-push a halved citrus fruit onto to squeeze out the juice. If an electric juicer isn’t feasible, Serious Eats has a good article with recommendations for manual citrus juicers and reamers.
- I have found more and more grocery stores offering fresh squeezed juices as well. This is a great option especially if you’re making a double or triple batch of mintade. Just make sure the juice is freshly squeezed.
Then get ready for summer.
This mintade is a refreshing drink made from fresh squeezed orange, grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices with fresh mint leaves.
- 2 cups cold water
- 2 cups fresh orange juice
- 3/4 cup fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves, torn
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, to taste
- Mix. Stir together water, juices, mint, and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved.
- Chill. Chill until cold, at least 1 hour.
- Serve. Adjust sugar to taste and serve over ice.
- If desired, you can remove the mint leaves with a slotted spoon before serving.
- Recipe adapted from Gourmet Magazine, June 2007.
Keywords: mintade, fresh fruit drinks, orangeade