Many years ago when I was planning my daughter’s wedding day, with the anticipation of having lots people in the house, I wanted to have a refreshing drink available as an alternative to water. And an alternative to booze as well, in order to prevent any potential mishaps. Maybe I’ve watched too many viral videos of drunken wedding parties!

The small evening wedding was at our house, so it was a busy day. I was smart enough to have a casual bridesmaid lunch catered, which really freed up my time. My first instinct, of course, was to do it all myself. Fortunately I changed my mind. The one thing I really wanted on that special day was to thoroughly enjoy it.

I did make individual granola-yogurt parfaits for anyone wanting an easy breakfast. And I served coffee, bottled waters, plus some champagne later in the day, but like I mentioned, I wanted something extra to offer as a non-alcoholic drink.

I had come across a recipe for Mintade, and in my mind I said it like it was a French word, with a short “a” sound. Which now seems really dumb on my part. It was meant so be pronounced like lemonade, or limeade. Duh. In any case, the recipe sounded perfect for the occasion.

Another alternative could have been a fruit and cucumber water, similar to what’s served at spas, but I wasn’t sure if that kind of water would be enjoyed by everybody.

This ade is a refreshing combination of citrus juices mixed with lots of mint. It’s very simple to make. It’s also very pretty. You can either serve this ade chilled or room temperature. The original recipe calls for water added to the fruit juices, but I added sparkling water. If you also use sparkling water, serve the ade in smaller pitchers so it doesn’t go flat.


Mint leaves, torn
Approximately 1 tablespoon white sugar
Grapefruits, preferably pink
Grenadine, optional
Sparkling water, chilled

Place the torn mint leaves in a pitcher, preferably a glass one.

Sprinkle the sugar over the mint leaves and muddle for about one minute. Keep in mind that this drink is called mint ade, not citrus ade. The mint is a very integral part.

Begin juicing all of the fruit.

Add the juice, through a strainer, to the pitcher.

I used 4 grapefruits, 4 oranges, 2 lemons, and 6 limes, to approximately 1 cup packed mint leaves.

If you have the time, Cover the pitcher tightly and chill overnight in the refrigerator to better infuse the mint.

Add some grenadine to taste/ I used approximately 2 ounces. This was not in the original recipe, but I don’t like adding cup fulls of white sugar to drinks. That’s the only problem I have with mojitos. So the grenadine adds some sweetness and a little color as well. But it’s completely optional.

To finish, pour the sparkling water into the pitcher, an equal amount as there is juice.

Serve immediately, using a filtered lid to keep the mint from getting into the glasses. There’s nothing worse than mint in your teeth!

note: If necessary, depending on the occasion, the mintade would be wonderful with a slug of vodka, rum, or tequila! And instead of sparkling water, you could always add Prosecco!

By Published On: May 23rd, 201427 Comments on Mintade

About the Author: Chef Mimi

As a self-taught home cook, with many years in the culinary profession, I am passionate about all things food-related. Especially eating!


  1. sallybr May 23, 2014 at 8:43 AM - Reply

    That sound so refreshing! Never heard of it, believe it or not…

    Have a great Memorial weekend! Hope you get to relax, and enjoy good food and good company!

    • chef mimi May 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM - Reply

      I hadn’t heard of it either!
      I’m already cooking! And the company is arriving this evening. can’t wait!!!

  2. mysimpledelights May 23, 2014 at 8:49 AM - Reply

    Looks amazingly refreshing!

  3. My French Heaven May 23, 2014 at 8:56 AM - Reply

    I think we don’t use mint enough, at least in our culture… It is great in drinks or tea of course, but I love mint sauce with lamb, mint yogurt with cucumbers… I need to put together a few new recipes. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • chef mimi May 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM - Reply

      I agree with you! I used to be a bit scared of mint…

  4. gwynnem May 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM - Reply

    This drink recipe is right up my alley. Thanks for posting, Mimi!

    • chef mimi May 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM - Reply

      You are so welcome! It’s really good bubbly!

  5. Our Growing Paynes May 23, 2014 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    Oh very refreshing! Hot summer is coming!

    • chef mimi May 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM - Reply

      It’s definitely refreshing, especially with the sparkling water.

  6. Mr Fitz May 23, 2014 at 11:52 AM - Reply

    Brilliant ! And hardly any sugar! Wow!

    • chef mimi May 23, 2014 at 1:07 PM - Reply

      It’s really hard for me to add so much sugar when I’m cooking, unless I’m baking…

      • Mr Fitz May 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM

        I think that’s a great thing!

      • chef mimi May 24, 2014 at 1:20 PM


  7. apuginthekitchen May 23, 2014 at 4:08 PM - Reply

    Wonderful drink, I love it. All that citrus and mint is so refreshing.

  8. ladyredspecs May 23, 2014 at 7:43 PM - Reply

    Oh yum, a perfect refreshing drink to be consumed at leisure

  9. DellaCucinaPovera May 24, 2014 at 5:17 AM - Reply

    Your daughter is a lucky lady to have had you making these (and I’m sure, much more) on her special day. These look super refreshing – muddled mint is great in anything!

  10. StefanGourmet May 24, 2014 at 8:38 AM - Reply

    Looks and sounds great! We have lots of fresh mint in our garden. The idea of using prosecco sounds great, too ;-)

    • chef mimi May 24, 2014 at 1:22 PM - Reply

      I need to try it! But I imagine it being really nice!

  11. eliotthecat May 25, 2014 at 7:54 AM - Reply

    Perfect summer drink. I always try to have some flavored water in the fridge during summer. Will add this to my lists. .

    • chef mimi May 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM - Reply

      Even just the grapefruit juice and the mint, plus sparkling water, would be really refreshing.

  12. Three Well Beings May 26, 2014 at 11:34 PM - Reply

    I have so much fresh mint and would never have thought of this! How refreshing! I’m eager to give this a try. Summer heat is on its way and this will be a good rescue!

  13. mmmarzipan May 28, 2014 at 4:13 AM - Reply


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