Mint Lemonade 1/2 cup sugar 4 1/2 cups water 3 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice (about 8 lemons) 1/4 cup julienned mint, plus leaves for garnish Combine sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Let stand until completely cool. In a 2 1/2-quart pitcher, stir remaining 4 cups water, the syrup, lemon juice, and mint. Refrigerate. To serve, pour into bottles and garnish with mint leaves.