Juice is really big in Dubai. Alcohol's not too common around here (it's mostly only permitted in hotels), and "mocktails" made from every imaginable combination of fresh fruit juice are the norm. This suits me just fine; other than the occasional glass or two of wine, I'm not a big drinker. Give me a Shirley Temple and I'm a happy clam.
There's one juice drink that seems to be on every menu, and I quickly fell head over heels for it. It's simply called Lemon & Mint. It can vary in its appearance - sometimes it looks like a green smoothie, other times more like lemonade with pieces of mint - but it always tastes sublimely refreshing with a tart kick.
Feel free to adjust the quantities of ingredients to your taste, the numbers below are rough estimates of what I used. This is the kind of recipe that you'll probably need to keep tasting and modifying until you get the right proportion of sweet, tart, and minty. It should be significantly more tart than traditional American lemonade. Cheers to mocktails!
Lemon & Mint
A Playing House Original Recipe
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups boiling water
2 1/2 cups cold water
Juice of 6 lemons
1/2 bunch fresh mint leaves, stems discarded
1. In a small bowl, pour boiling water over sugar and stir to dissolve.
2. In a blender (or a pitcher, if using an immersion blender), combine sugar water with remaining ingredients. Blend to desired consistency.
3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until chilled. Enjoy!