Refined Sugar-free Mint Lemonade

This is not your average lemonade. Instead of the usual white sugar-laden overly sweet beverage, this recipe uses coconut sugar to make a simple syrup that is infused with mint leaves and lemon peel. The result is a thick syrup with a deep flavour and colour…almost like molasses.¬†Coconut sugar is naturally less sweet than white refined sugar so this lemonade leans more to the tart side.




  • 1/2 c coconut sugar
  • 1/2 c water
  • 8 mint leaves, plus more for serving
  • Peel from 1 organic lemon
  • 1 2/3 freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 organic lemon, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. mint leaves, rough chopped


  1. In a small saucepan, combine coconut sugar and water. Add mint leaves and lemon peel. Bring mixture to a light boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let cool before using.
  2. In a large pitcher half-filled with ice, add 2 cups water, lemon juice, simple syrup, mint, and lemon slices. Stir to combine. Serve over ice.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices.

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