Limonana is a Lebanese drink that possibly originated in Syria or Turkey and was popularized by an advertising campaign conducted in the 1990s. Today, this refreshing, crisp, and cool drink is popular during the summer in Egypt, Cyprus, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria! A vibrant mix of lemon juice, sugar, and fresh mint, it’s a twist on the summer classic: Lemonade. What’s not to love?
Recipe for Limonana, a Lebanese Lemonade
Prep 5 minutes | Cook 5 minutes | Serves 4
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1 3/4 cups of water (divided)
- 1 cup of Fresh Lemon Juice
- 3 1/2 cups of Ice
- 1 cups of Fresh Mint Leaves
- 6 mint sprigs for garnish (optional)
- Measure out 1 cup of water from the total 1 3/4 cups of water needed. In a small saucepan, combine the cup of water with the sugar. Heat over a medium heat, whisking constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside. Let the sugar water mixture cool to room temperature.
- In a blender, combine the sugar water, fresh lemon juice, ice, fresh mint leaves, and the remaining 3/4 cups of water.
- Pulse the ingredients for a few seconds, then blend for 1 minute until the ice is thoroughly crushed. The drink should resemble a thick slushy texture.
- Taste. If it isn’t as sweet as you’d like it, add sugar till you get it just right!
- Pour into cold glasses and, if desired, add sprigs of mint for garnish. Serve and Enjoy!
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