Sunday, January 30, 2011

Lemon & Mint

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.

Lemon & Mint

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
Printable Recipe
Serves 4

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!


Notes From ABroad said...

It sounds so simple but I bet it is delicious!
I will try this , we can use all the cooling drinks we can find these days !

SLPscientist said...

I wonder if this is as good hot? It seems like it would be and the cold version doesn't sound as good when it's snowing out right now! On a funny note, the first time I went to the farmer's market in Omaha after moving here from LA, I had lemons on my list. How ridiculous of me! I forgot where I had moved. :-)

I love reading your updates!! They come into my google reader at work and are nice breaks in the middle of the day. :-)

Jennifer said...

This is such a great post, I love this drink. The locals drink it around here as well, I'm an American living in Algeria. I wish you would put a follow me gadget so I can read with you often!

Yasmin @ Red Panda Bakes said...

I regularly order this mocktail at almost any cafe I sit in. Love it! :)

Amy I. said...

Thanks all!

Sophie - I can't quite imagine it hot, it's meant to be refreshing and light. If you try it, let me know how it is, otherwise I'm sure it'll come in handy during the summer!

Jennifer - if you head to your dashboard, you can manually add blogs to follow there. Hope that helps!

rebekah said...

That sounds delicious! Definitely going to try.

Ali @ His Birdie's Nest said...

Ooo this looks really fun & refreshing!

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