Delightfully dangerous - a summertime classic with a twist that's for adults only.
2 cups of sugar
1 large mint sprig, finely chopped, plus sprigs for garnish
2 cups of water
8 ounces lemon-flavored vodka
1 cup fresh lemon juice
Splash of sparkling water
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest for garnish
Mix the sugar and water in a small pot and boil for 3 minutes to make a simple syrup. Let cool.
In medium bowl, stir together 1 cup syrup, (leftover syrup can be refrigerated indefinitely) the lemon juice and the chopped mint. Pour mixture into ice cube tray and freeze for one hour.
In a blender, blend together frozen cubes, sparkling water, chopped mint and vodka.
Pour into chilled glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs and lemon zest.