My take on limonada: Mediterranean-style mint lemonade as they make it in Egypt. Intense with flavor, extra frothy, and extremely refreshing! There is a tiny trick involved that makes all the difference…

Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade | The Mediterranean Dish. An intense, frothy, perfectly refreshing homemade lemonade. There is a small trick that makes all the difference! See the recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com

There is an ahwa on every street corner in Egypt. If you’re not familiar, ahwas are small coffeehouses. We’re talking hole-in-the-wall type establishments, open to the streets and filled with tiny round tables and chairs. The air is usually filled with smoke from the hookas (water pipes).

They say, if you want to see and hear Egypt, all you need to do is hang out at an ahwa. There are many sounds going on–sounds of busy streets; sounds of men talking politics and young men competing in tournaments of board games; and sounds of ahwa waiters shouting drink orders.

On the menu are the usual drinks: Turkish coffee; black tea; and limonada (lemonade). My favorite is mint lemonade, which is more commonly served in the summer.

Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade | The Mediterranean Dish. An intense, frothy, perfectly refreshing homemade lemonade. There is a small trick that makes all the difference! See the recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com

The trick to a frothy mint lemonade

Today’s lemonade recipe is my take on the Mediterranean-style mint lemonade as served in Egypt’s ahwas. It’s similar to classic strawberry lemonade, but it’s more dense, frothy, and comes with an extra refreshing punch from fresh mint.

The trick to this thicker, frothy mint lemonade is in blending the majority of the lemons or limes with the skin on. This adds intensity to the flavor and the texture of the lemonade.

This Mediterranean-style mint lemonade is absolutely my favorite drink, particularly on hot summer days!  For a more grown-up beverage, you can add a splash of vodka (or try out my Aperol spritz recipeouzo drink with lemon, or this refreshing limoncello).

Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade | The Mediterranean Dish. An intense, frothy, perfectly refreshing homemade lemonade. There is a small trick that makes all the difference! See the recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Here is the step-by-step for this mint lemonade recipe

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Important note: if your blender is weaker, you will want to cut the lemons into smaller pieces, and also finely chop the mint leaves before blending.

Add all the crushed ice, water, 2 cut lemons, juice of 1 lemon, fresh mint, and sugar to the pitcher of a high-quality blender.

Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade | The Mediterranean Dish. An intense, frothy, perfectly refreshing homemade lemonade. There is a small trick that makes all the difference! See the recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Cover and push blend or liquefy (high-speed function), until you achieve the desired drink consistency. Taste and add more sugar or mint leaves, if you like. Blend again.

Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade | The Mediterranean Dish. An intense, frothy, perfectly refreshing homemade lemonade. There is a small trick that makes all the difference! See the recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com

Pour the lemonade into a serving pitcher through a mesh strainer. Add fresh mint leaves to the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.

If you like, strain the lemonade again as you pour into serving glasses. Enjoy cold!

Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade | The Mediterranean Dish. An intense, frothy, perfectly refreshing homemade lemonade. There is a small trick that makes all the difference! See the recipe on TheMediterraneanDish.com

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Other Mediterranean recipes with mint: 

Watermelon Salad with Mint and Feta

Tabouli Salad

Last-minute feta cheese dip

Spicy Harissa Lentil Salad 

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Mediterranean-Style Mint Lemonade (Limonana)


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Description

Mint lemonade, prepared Egyptian-style! Intense with flavor, frothy, and extremely refreshing! You’ll love this limonana, but there is a small trick that makes all the difference.


Ingredients

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  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 large lemons (or limes), washed, cut into small pieces, and seeds removed
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves, stems removed (about 2540 mint leaves), more for later
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar, more or less to your liking (you can use cane sugar or part honey, if you like)

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients to the pitcher of a high-quality blender. Cover and push blend or liquefy (high-speed function), until you achieve the desired drink consistency.
  2. Taste and add more sugar or mint leaves, if you like. Blend again.
  3. Pour the lemonade into a serving pitcher through a mesh strainer. Add fresh mint leaves to the pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
  4. If you like, strain the lemonade again as you pour into serving glasses. Enjoy cold!

Notes

If your blender is weaker, you will want to cut the lemons into smaller pieces, and also finely chop the mint before blending.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

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I’m Suzy; born and bred right on the shores of the Mediterranean. I’m all about easy, healthy recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. Three values guide my cooking: eat with the seasons; use whole foods; and above all, share! So happy you’re here…
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  1. Raquel says:

    Thank you for sharing. I loved this recipe. Just made it and it will definitely be added to my recipes list. 😉






    1. Suzy says:

      Hope you enjoy it, Raquel!

  2. Sheri says:

    I lived in Egypt for four years. This is my favorite drink in all the world. I learned how to make it when I lived there and my friend from Jordan taught me to add just a splash of milk.

    1. Suzy says:

      Oh, yum! Thanks for that tip, Sheri!

  3. Susan says:

    Best lemonade ever! This was delicious and so easy to make!






    1. Suzy says:

      Thanks, Susan!!

  4. Umm'Alî says:

    Do we take the zest of the lime too, to blend?

    1. Suzy says:

      Hello! No, I don’t use the zest here. Hope you enjoy!!

    2. Umm'Alî says:

      Okay so basically I made this. And it tasted really well the first half. The second half even though I made them altogether, turned a little bitter. How do I remove the bitterness. Ive added enough lemon juice, sugar, ice cubes and water but the bitterness is still there. Please help. Thank you.

      1. Suzy says:

        This is a tough one. I’m not sure why the second half may have tasted bitter when the first half was not. I’m sorry I’m not much help here.

      2. Lina says:

        For me I made this and it turned out great the key is to only use some of the lemon skin and not all or it will turn bitter, for example if I use 2 lemons or 6 small limes I’d only use half or less of the lemon skins to keep it from going bitter, you can always taste to add more but remember once you add to much it’s hard to get the bitter taste out, hope this helped!

      3. Suzy says:

        Thanks for sharing, Lina!

      4. THERESA M DALY says:

        If at all possible, I think using Meyer lemons and key limes is best because the skins are thinner.






  5. Rosie says:

    Just like it is in Egypt!! So refreshing.






    1. Suzy says:

      Thank you, Rosie!

  6. lemonade stan says:

    this recipe tastes even better with a bit of black salt !!






    1. Suzy says:

      Awesome! Thanks for sharing

  7. Mint Lemonade Man says:

    Do you put the peel in the blender?

    1. Suzy says:

      You can put some to create a more lemony flavor and more froth. It’s a personal preference.

      1. Vanesa Marks says:

        But if the drink sits it gets very very bitter and practically undrinkable because of the white of the skin.

        But excellent if you drink immediately.






  8. Angela says:

    Best lemonade i have ever had. This was amazing & so simple to make. Thank you for sharing this.






    1. Suzy says:

      Aww so glad to hear it!

  9. Hali says:

    Great receipie. You have told the reader the trick for the froth or maybe I missed it.

  10. Nazia says:

    I have been searching for a recipe like this since I got back from Alexandria. I made it today and it really reminded us of Egypt. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Nazia, so glad you found this recipe! It’s one of my favorite drinks…and indeed takes one back to Egypt!

  11. Amina says:

    This was really good! My whole family loved it






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Wonderful, Amina! Glad to hear it.

  12. Gayle Green says:

    I just came back from Egypt and had this drink at a restaurant in Alexandria overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Thank you so much for the recipe.

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Ah how I miss Alexandria! Thanks so much for sharing, Gayle!

  13. Kristine says:

    Just came back from Egypt and had this lemonade at a restaurant in Alexandria. Loved it! Have a lot of mint so tried your recipe today. Delicious! Thanks for sharing it!






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Awesome, Kristine! I miss Egypt so much!!! Thanks for stopping in.

  14. Amelie Moore says:

    My mouth is watering just reading this and looking at the pics. Now that that the weather is getting hotter, this sounds like perfect comfort drink after a long day.






    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thank you, Amelia! It really is a great summer drink. Enjoy!

  15. Ann Lamb says:

    I like the looks of this. I love lemonade and have lots of mint, so I will try it, but I would rather sweeten it with something other that white sugar. Have you tried other sweeteners and what do you recommend?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Hi Ann… Are you thinking of using like a Splenda or something of that sort? Or to simply replace the sugar with a natural raw sugar? I can’t say I have experience with either in this particular recipe. I have recently tried XLear, and it tasted pretty good to me; but I can’t say that I tried it in this lemonade though. I would love to hear, if you try something different.

  16. Aysegul says:

    Great photos! ?

    1. Suzy Karadsheh says:

      Thank you!!! I have a brilliant photographer friend who showed me a couple tricks 😉