Middle Eastern-Style Mint Lemonade

mint lemonade
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  • Total: 10 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 6 cups (serves 6)

On very hot, dry days in the Middle East, nothing will quench your thirst quite like a tall glass of lemonade. Lemonade is prepared a little differently in the Middle East than traditional Western lemonade, but it is very popular among Westerner because of its refreshing mint kick and orange blossom essence.


  • 8 cups water (cold)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 3/4 cups lemon juice (or juice from 8 lemons)
  • 1/4 cups fresh mint (finely chopped)
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • Crushed ice (to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a blender, blend water, orange blossom water, lemon juice, and mint.

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

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.