Meet your Fourth of July refresher! When I found frozen mint lemonade on a menu in Fez, Morocco this spring, I couldn’t resist. I knew on first sip that I would have to recreate it for you.
This ice cold drink is the epitome of refreshing. It’s infused with fresh mint flavor and offers a light, balanced blend of tartness and sweetness. It’s also super easy to whip up in your blender.
If you’re wondering if this frozen treat tastes good with a splash of bourbon, a) I like you, and b) I can confirm that it does indeed. I think it would also be great with vodka or gin (Hendrick’s would be my top pick).
Frozen Mint Lemonade
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 4 servings
- Category: Drink
- Cuisine: Middle Eastern
This frozen mint lemonade recipe is ultra refreshing and easy to whip up in a blender! This drink is called Limonana in the Middle East. Recipe yields 4 small servings, about 1 cup each.
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
- ¾ cup cold water
- ¼ cup lightly packed packed fresh mint (about 4 grams), plus 4 small sprigs to use as garnish
- ¼ cup sugar (I used organic cane sugar)*
- 4 cups ice
- In a blender, combine the lemon juice, water, mint and sugar. Blend until the sugar has completely dissolved into the liquid.
- Add the ice. Blend on low speed to break up the ice, then increase the speed and blend until you’ve reached a uniformly slushy texture. (If the mixture is too thick to blend, let it rest for 5 minutes, stir by hand, and try again.) Pour into glasses and place a sprig of mint in each. Serve immediately.
Recipe inspired by Cafe Clock in Fez, Morocco.
*Sweetener notes: You can use honey as the sweetener if you’d like. It will add a prominent honey flavor. I also tried maple syrup, but I didn’t love how it tasted. I prefer sugar since it’s more neutral and tastes like the drink that I enjoyed in Morocco.
Change it up: I imagine that this drink would also taste amazing with lime instead of lemon. You could omit the mint for a basic frozen lemonade. And, if you want to add a splash or two of vodka, gin or bourbon to your drink, I can vouch that it’s a good idea.
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