This drink is a classic favorite throughout the Middle East where refreshing beverages are an absolute necessity. It looks impressive but is actually so easy to make…it’s really no harder than regular lemonade, although there is an additional step of blending the lemonade with ice.
Although it’s super simple to make, there is a trick to it; the key to the perfect Limonana is in the ratio of lemon to sugar to water. Part of what makes this drink so refreshing is the fact that it’s served frozen, so in order to not be watered down, you need to start with a very concentrated lemonade.
I played with the ratio and I think the recipe below is perfect: both sweet and tart, as lemonade should be, and not watered down at all, even as the slushie drink melts.
Just a heads-up, this drink will separate as the icy slush rises to the top of the liquid. Not in a gross way though, and its flavor is not affected…it’s sort of like how ice cubes rise to the top of a drink.
If you’re in a part of the world where it’s still hot or if you’re enjoying fall but you get a random hot day, give this a try! It will be an instant hit.
Limonana (Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade)
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 3 mins
Total time: 8 mins
yield: 2 servings
6 tablespoons (115 g) sugar
½ cup (120 ml) plus 6 tablespoons (90 ml) water, divided
½ cup (120 ml) fresh lemon juice
4 stems worth of mint leaves (about 40 leaves, which is about 2 g) with the stems discarded, plus a few extra sprigs for garnish if desired
18-20 ice cubes
1-2 drops orange blossom water (optional)
Add the sugar and 6 tablespoons of water to a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature.
Add the cooled sugar syrup, remaining ½ cup water, lemon juice, mint leaves, ice cubes, and orange blossom water (if using) to a blender. Pulse a few times to break up the ice and then process until slushy.
Pour into 2 tall glasses, garnish with mint leaves if desired, and serve immediately.
Limonana (Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade) is a healthy Beverage for a healthy life 🙂 🙂