Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)




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Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.  

girl sipping a tall frosty glass of frozen mint lemonade

This is the drink I’ll be sipping (slurping) ALL August long.  I discovered it when I was out to lunch with my daughter (modeling above) the other day.  She ordered a mint lemonade, and I was curious about it.  She said she learned to love it on a summer trip to the Middle East.  She hadn’t had it since, so we were both excited to see it on the menu.

Take 2 of the world’s most refreshing foods, mint and lemons, blitz them up with lots of ice, and you’ve got one epic refresher.

We picked up lemons and fresh mint on the way home and haven’t looked back since.  We made our first batch the next day, in triple digit temeperatures, and it was so utterly refreshing it’s spoiled me for all other summer drinks.  There’s something about the lemon and mint together that cools you down and quenches your thirst instantly.  And with just a touch of sugar or honey, this is a super healthy, low calorie drink, too.

Hand holding a tall glass of Frozen Mint Lemonade, with mint sprig and straw

Limonana is served all over the Middle East, and for such a simple concept (mint infused lemonade) it packs a ginormous punch.  I have never had a more delicious and energizing drink, and I know you’re going to love it.  The second time we made it (the very next day!) we spiked it with rum for a slushy mojito type cocktail and it was equally awesome, I highly recommend you try it both ways.

I love my stainless steel straws  ~ they’re fun to drink out of, and eco-friendly, too.

Tso glasses of Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

How do you make Limonana?

  • squeeze some lemons, and mix up a quick lemonade with the juice, a little sugar syrup, and water.
  • Pluck a good handful of fresh spearmint leaves (use spearmint, not peppermint, for the best flavor.)
  • Add everything to a good blender (Vitamix is my favorite) along with some ice. (You can do it without the ice, too.)
  • Blend until slushy and spoon into a tall glass.
  • You won’t be sorry.

Feel free to adjust the amount of any of the ingredients, many different combinations will work, depending on how sweet or minty you like it.  My recipe is tangy and not super sweet.

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Frozen Mint Lemonade (Lemonana)
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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Category: drink

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Yield: serves 2

Serving Size: One large glass

Calories per serving: 59

Frozen Mint Lemonade (Lemonana)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, seeds removed, but keep the pulp, preferably cold
  • 1 cup water (for a less tart lemonade, add 1/2 cup more water, but remember that the ice will dilute the lemon, too)
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • a good handful of fresh mint leaves (not the stems) or about a packed 1/4 cup
  • 2 heaping cups of ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the water, stirring often the water is clear and all the grains have dissolved, this will take a couple of minutes. Mix with the lemon juice and chill until cold. You want to start with very cold lemonade.
  2. Add the mint, lemonade mixture, and ice to a blender and blend until slushy.
  3. Pour into glasses and serve immediately, garnished with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint.

Make this frozen mint lemonade your own ~

  • Make it alcoholic ~ add rum or vodka.
  • Make it with honey instead of sugar.
  • Make it low carb/sugar free using Stevia or your favorite alternative sweetener.
  • Make it without the ice ~ blend up the lemonade and mint, then serve over ice.
  • Make it ahead ~ blend the mint with the lemonade ahead and chill until ready to serve, then blend up with the ice.

 

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    August 2, 2018 at 11:33 am

    Love this refreshing drink and love more these great photos with your daughter :) Miss having mine around for my photo shoots!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    August 1, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    If I drank lemonade, then it would be this one! Such a cool recipe, Sue.

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    Nancy | Flavorpalooza.com
    August 1, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Look like the perfect beverage for a hot day! Love the flavor combo. And, the mint in my herb garden is BURSTING right now. Awesome.

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      This is the perfect recipe for garden mint!

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    Iryna
    August 1, 2018 at 10:08 am

    I love everything about this lemonade. Such a perfect refreshment for summer. I’m sure my kids would enjoy this too.

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    Pooja@poojascookery.com
    August 1, 2018 at 9:58 am

    This lemonade is quite refreshing.

  • Reply
    Neli Howard
    August 1, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I LOVE how easy and delicious this is! I am going to make this! Thank you.

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    Lisa Huff
    August 1, 2018 at 9:48 am

    Wow, can’t wait to try! Looks WAY better than regular every day kind of lemonade!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    August 1, 2018 at 9:14 am

    This is the most refreshing drink I’ve seen all summer! I would get a brain freeze and enjoy every moment slurping this up! What a great treat – and love the idea of adding a little rum. Yes indeed!

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    Marisa Moore
    August 1, 2018 at 9:10 am

    This looks so incredibly refreshing. Love the color too!

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      Sue
      August 1, 2018 at 9:39 am

      The color is fun!

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    John / Kitchen Riffs
    August 1, 2018 at 7:32 am

    I’m cooling off just looking at the pictures of this! Love citrus, and this looks so refreshing. Thanks!

    • Reply
      Sue
      August 1, 2018 at 7:43 am

      I can’t imagine anything better on a hot day :)

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