The summer I turned 14, my family spent a week at a resort in New Hampshire. The resort had a lot of scheduled activities for the kids, a la Dirty Dancing, except I was playing volleyball and watching cheesy kids movies instead of
10 lemons, juiced (about 2 cups)
6 cups water
3/4 cup agave nectar (this is enough for us, but feel free to add more if you like things sweeeter)
one handful mint
1. In a pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn off the burner and add the agave nectar and the mint (It doesn't have to be chopped). Let that steep for 10-20 minutes so the water gets all sweet and minty. Yum.
2. Pour your lemon juice and the other 4 cups of water into your pitcher. Tap your foot expectantly while you wait for your mint to steep. When you can't wait any longer, pull out the mint sprigs, and pour the sweet minty water into the pitcher.
3. Pour over ice. Add a sprig of mint.
4. Go outside.
We also like to dilute this sometimes with seltzer for a fizzy treat - we're wild like that. And I suspect it would be yummy with a little booze.