Mint Lemonade (Limonana) Recipe

Prep Time Cook Time Serves
10m 1 litre or 4 servings

I first tried this drink when I was visiting Doha, Qatar and we ate at a Syrian restaurant. I love lemonade and I love mint so the offer of a mint lemonade sounded divine. I wasn’t prepared for what came next. A lemonade or limonana (as this is traditionally called) that packs a real lemony punch. It took a bit of adjusting but after a few sips, I was hooked.

Tons of fresh lemon juice and fresh mint blended with water and a touch of sugar give this drink a delightful balance of sweet and sour. Served with lots of ice, this drink is just what you need on a warm day.


  • 6 lemons
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons sugar


Juice the lemons, being sure to remove any seeds. Pour the lemon juice into the blender. Add the mint leaves, water and sugar. Blitz on high for a few minutes or until the mint leaves are totally blended.

Strain into a pitcher and serve in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.