Skinny Mint Limeades

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    This is the perfect drink to cool you down in the summer. I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but it’s HOT in Birmingham right now! I dream of fall and pumpkins, then I wake up, walk out side, grab the door knob to close it behind me and it’s wet! What the… And don’t even get me started about my hair in this humid mess! Let’s just say it’s very disobedient! So, who’s ready for a draaank?!

    Skinny Mint Limeades
    For this recipe, I made a sugar free simple syrup. If you are diabetic, or if you have already spent your “sugar intake” for the day on cereal like I usually do, this is a great recipe for you! :)
    Skinny Mint Limeades
    adapted from tsgcookin.com
         serves 8, about 1 cup each
    For the sugar free mint simple syrup:
    1 C splenda
    1 C water
    10 mint leaves
    For the limeades:
    1/2 C lime juice (4 limes)
    Zest of 2 limes
    5 C water
    2 C club soda
    24 mint leaves (3 per glass)
    Ice
    8-12 oz mason jars
    For the simple syrup, in a small sauce pot, bring a cup of water to boil. Add the splenda and stir to dissolve. Take the syrup off the heat and let cool for a minute or two. Once it has briefly cooled, add about 10 mint leaves to the syrup and leave for about one minute. Take mint leaves out of syrup, discard mint, and let syrup cool completely. (This will infuse the simply syrup with mint flavor).
    Meanwhile, wash the limes with a little soap and water because you will be using them in the drinks. Zest two whole limes, keeping zest in a bowl. Cut limes crosswise and juice all 8 halves into a bowl with zest. Keep the 8 lime halves for the drinks. In a pitcher, add the cooled simple syrup, the lime zest and juice, and the 5 cups of water and 2 cups of club soda. Stir. 
    Fill each mason jar with 3 mint leaves, one juiced lime half, and ice, almost up to the top. Pour in about 1 cup of limeade, put the lid on securely, and shake vigorously. Remove lid and serve. You can either leave the sliver rim on or take it off. 
    *Tip. If you are making this ahead of time, simply leave the club soda out until time to serve. Chill in the fridge. 
    This recipe is sugar free and calorie free (except for the lime juice). It’s basically a virgin mojito and it’s perfect for summer! 
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    • http://www.bevcooks.com/ Bev Weidner

      It’s possible that I’m on my way over.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

      Bev, you always crack me up! Btw, I would love it if you came to visit! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08106372357195697284 Terri @ that’s some good cookin’

      Hey, nice re-do! It’s good to know that this works well with Splenda. ~Terri

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11322375856566229251 Carrie

      Holy Cow these look fantastic!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13681696697828601308 Kris Adair

      I’ve never made a Splenda simple syrup. Sounds interesting. Might have to give this recipe a try.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06918704486983425781 Pammy

      Oh yum!Maybe add some rum for a skinny adult cocktail? Can’t wait to try!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13976453112483286158 Trish – Mom On Timeout

      These look delicious! Just pinned!