Middle Eastern-Style Mint Lemonade

mint lemonade
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
102 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 102
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 21mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 39mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Most people are familiar with lemonade, which is technically characterized as any variety of sweetened, lemon flavored beverage. Pink lemonade is made with the addition of fruit such as raspberries or strawberries which add both sweetness and the distinctive pink color. Hard lemonade is an alcoholic version, although the alcohol content in commercially produced hard lemonades tends to be light.

Lemonade can be flat or carbonated and served at varying degrees of sweetness. In the United States, particularly the south, we tend to like this beverage on the sweeter side. Middle Eastern lemonade, however, is much less sweet which also makes it a better choice in the heat.

As popular as lemonade is in the U.S., it's an absolute staple in the Middle Eastern countries, where the climate is hot and dry and where many people do not drink alcohol. It can be found in just about every restaurant and home. Icy cold, not too sweet, lemon drinks are ideal for cooling off. Known as limonana or limonada, the Middle Eastern version contains a couple of additional ingredients. Just a touch of orange blossom water and plenty of fresh mint gives limonana a great boost of flavor.

You can make a big batch to store in the refrigerator for the week or make the popular frozen slushy form of the drink by adding ice to the blender. If you do choose the slushy version, you might want to increase the amount of lemon juice because the ice will dampen some of the flavor. Try experimenting with different amounts until you find the perfect balance for your frozen lemonade taste.

So, the next time there's a hot day and you're searching for a new twist on a cold, refreshing beverage, try this version of minty lemonade. Of course, we won't tell if you sneak some vodka into your glass.


Steps to Make It

  1. Add the cold water, fresh lemon juice, orange blossom water and mint. Blend until smooth.

  2. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice and serve, or keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

  3. For a frozen, slushy version of this lemonade, add a cup of ice to the blender with the other ingredients and blend until slushy. Serve immediately and garnish with slices of lemon and a sprigs of mint, if desired.

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of using lemons, you can use the juice of 20 limes.
  • You can also add more or less sugar to taste, but remember that Middle Eastern lemonade is not supposed to be sweet.