Cut 12 lemons in half. Squeeze the lemon juice into a bowl. Use a strainer to fish the seeds out of the juice.
Simmer 1 cup water and the sugar together to make a simple syrup. Add the strained lemon juice and stir together.
Add ice cubes and mint sprigs to a large pitcher. Add the lemon water into the pitcher. Fill the pitcher up with cold water. Slice the remaining lemon into thin slices. Put the lemon slices into the pitcher. Stir well.
Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen