Limonana is a popular refreshing middle eastern lemonade with mint.
Flipflops, summer hats, picnics, beach life, burning sun, suntan, fun games, palm trees, sun beds, and the bar.
Does that sound familiar or does it remind you rather of a distant but familiar dream?
Hasn’t the hot season arrived yet in your corner of the world?
Soon enough summer will be knocking on your door and that’s when you want a refreshing limonana!
What is a Limonana?
Limonana is a Middle Eastern mint lemonade.
The homemade Lemonade with mint is super popular in the middle east due to the constant heat.
It’s a refreshing drink, sure to become an instant hit!
The Lemonade Limonana is prepared with the addition of Mint.
You can add peppermint but usually, regular fresh mint is used in this recipe
Limonana can be commonly found in Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and other neighboring Arabic countries.
These are almost all alcohol free countries.
How to make limonana?
To prepare this iconic non-alcoholic mocktail summer refreshment is super easy!
Here are the steps laid out. Find detailed recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Squeeze out all the lemon juice and add to your blender jar.
Wash the fresh mint leaves well and add those to the jar too.
Pour ice water over the mint and lemon juice and add sugar as well if you like.
Blend for 1-2 minutes until the mint leaves are completely shredded.
Strain your limonana lemonade. That way you won’t have the mint pieces left in your beverage.
Serve ice cold with a lot of ice as a frozen lemonade.
You can choose to serve your mint lemonade as an afternoon summer refreshment.
Or you could decorate your glass the same way you would a mojito with fresh mint and serve it as a virgin cocktail.
That’s the perfect drink for all non-alcoholics at your party!
You can add fresh lemon balm leaves, any other fresh fruit juice or brown sugar or palm sugar.
Use a powerful blender such as the Vitamix to get the most of your mint. You can use a hand blender too with a tall jar.
Yes! Just prepare your lemonade as per instructions and store in a airtight clean bottle in the fridge until further use. Add ice cubes to the drink in a glass before serving.
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Limonana – Israeli Mint Lemonade Recipe
For the Beverage:
- 2 Lemons
- 1 handful Mint Leaves fresh
- 2 Tablespoon Sugar or Honey, Stevia
- 3 cups Water
- Mint Leaves
- Lemon Slices
- Ice Cubes
- Add to a blender jar the freshly squeezed lemon juice, the mint leaves, sugar and water and blend the whole content well so that the leaves are completely cut into tiny pieces.
- Strain the beverage 2 times with a fine sieve so that no mint pieces are left.
- Serve your Limonana with ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves.
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