The tastes and flavors of the Middle East are hard to beat, and this Egyptian Mint Limeade is no exception. I traveled to Egypt in 2006 and was pleasantly reminded of this refreshingly tangy beverage while recently visiting friends.
The sweet and sour flavor combination that fans of limeade crave is deliciously complimented by the super fresh taste of mint.
Mint leaves are especially refreshing on a hot day because they provide a calming, cooling sensation. For a yummy alternative, substitute fresh squeezed lemon juice instead.
The trickle of this tangy treat is both awakening and exhilarating. So close your eyes, take a sip and imagine your own exotic Egyptian getaway!
- 4 cups water
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice (approximately 4 to 8 limes, I prefer key limes)
- ½ cup of sugar or ¼ cup agave nectar, add more to taste
- ¼ cup finely diced mint leaves
- 2 cups crushed ice
- Prepare the mint by folding the leaves and cutting out the center vein. Then dice the leaves very finely. Reserve a few leaves for garnish.
- Wash and cut the limes in half. Juice with a press or by hand. Reserve a few thin slices of lime for garnish. Use your own preferences as a guide when deciding to use more or less limes. Remember, if it’s too tart for your taste, you can always add more water or sugar later.
- Combine the water, lime juice, sugar (or agave) and mint in a blender on medium speed for a minute or two. You want to give the sweetener a chance to dissolve and allow the mint to be mixed thoroughly with the liquid.
- Pour the mint limeade into a glass pitcher over crushed ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lime slices. Serve and enjoy!