Sparkling Strawberry Mint Lemonade

BC is in the middle of a bit of a heat wave right now and my family is a bit befuddled. We don't do well with heat. Today Grady told me I couldn't be grumpy because he was grumpy enough for both of us (and he totally was).

This drink is light and refreshing and tastes like summer in a glass. Add gin or vodka if you're serving the adult crowd.

Step 1: Gently muddle a few (4 - 6) fresh mint leaves and a sliced strawberry in the bottom of a tall glass.

Step 1.5: Feel very smug if you grew the mint and/or strawberries in your own garden.

Step 2: Add ice.

Step 3: Top with lemonade and soda water in the ratio you prefer. We like it 1:1 in our house.

Step 4: Enjoy!

If you want to take this drink to the next level, replace the mint with 0.5oz of rosemary simple syrup. There's something magic about the combination of rosemary, strawberries, and lemon.