Also known as limonana, mint lemonade is a common drink in the Middle East where refreshing beverages are necessary to combat the heat and many refrain from drinking alcohol.
This lemonade is not syrupy sweet like some you find in everywhere, but instead the sweetness is balanced with tart lemon juice and bright, flavorful mint. It’s also common to see mint lemonade blended with crushed ice to form more of a slush which would be perfect for a hot day.
MIDDLE EASTERN MINT LEMONADE RECIPE
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- Ice Cubes
- Lemon slices for garnish
- To make the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 1/4 cup water over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
- Combine the simple syrup, remaining 2 cups water, lemon juice, and mint in a blender. Blend on high until the mint is liquefied and the ingredients are combined. Depending on the strength of your blender, you may wish to strain the lemonade to remove any larger pieces of mint before serving. Taste and adjust with more lemon juice, mint, or sugar if you wish.
- Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.