Like the pitcher Mom pulled out to serve punch for a birthday party or to hold the daisies you picked for her, this pink vintage jug makes everything sweeter! Pink vintage pitcher; find similar items on eBay.com.
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2 cups sugar
6 cups water
2 cups fresh lemon juice
½ cup mint leaves
Directions: To make simple syrup:
Place 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir until sugar is dissolved and let cool. Place lemon juice in a large pitcher, add remaining 4 cups water and 1 cup of the simple syrup, or more to taste. Stir in mint leaves and refrigerate for 1 hour. Serve over ice. From Bobby Flay; foodnetwork.com.
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