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.
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.