Delightfully dangerous—a summertime classic with a twist that's for adults only. This recipe is featured in the summer 2000 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.
Servings: Serves 8
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 large sprig mint , finely chopped, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 8 ounces lemon-flavored vodka
  • Splash of sparkling water
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated lemon zest for garnish
  • Directions
    Mix the sugar and water in a small pot and boil for 3 minutes to make a simple syrup. Let cool.

    In medium bowl, stir together 1 cup syrup (leftover syrup can be refrigerated indefinitely), the lemon juice and the chopped mint. Pour mixture into ice-cube tray and freeze for one hour.

    In a blender, blend together frozen cubes, sparkling water, chopped mint and vodka.

    Pour into chilled glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs and lemon zest.


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