This iced Lebanese lemonade has mint leaves, a hint of orange blossom water, and is utterly refreshing. Very easy to make and so delicious!
What is Lebanese lemonade?
This is so commonly served all over the Middle East, in Lebanese restaurants and other places. It is a lemon with mint combination, sometimes served with ice cubes and sometimes with crushed ice. I much prefer the crushed ice version, it’s so cold and thick and delicious!
What ingredients do you need to make Lebanese lemonade:
Simple! You need:
Sugar and Water for the sugar syrup, as well as some orange blossom water, which is optional but adds a lovely fragrance and subtle flavor to the drink.
Lemon juice, mint leaves and ice cubes. That’s it!
How to make this frozen mint lemonade:
Make the sugar syrup:
Just combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan and let the mixture come to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in orange blossom water if using, and let mixture cool before using.
Blend the ingredients:
In a really high powered blender (I use the Nutri Ninja) add all the ingredients. You might have to do it in batches! Blend until ice has crushed and ingredients are smooth and combined.
You can use a ready made sugar syrup instead of making your own. If you have a batch of this rose water syrup ready, this is a great one to use. I’d start with about 1/2 a cup then keep increasing if you like your lemonade sweeter.
If you’d rather have a naturally sweetened lemonade, you can substitute honey for the simple syrup. The taste will change, but it is a really lovely flavor too. You can also use sugar substitutes instead of the sugar syrup if that’s something you prefer.
Feel free to omit the orange blossom water if you can’t find any, its commonly made without, I just like the flavor it gives.
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For the sugar syrup:
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- tsp orange blossom water optional
For the lemonade:
- 1 cup fresh lemon juice
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups mint leaves
- 3 1/2 cups ice
To make the syrup:
- Add the sugar and water to a saucepan over medium heat, whisking to combine the sugar, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer undisturbed for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the orange blossom water, and cool completely.
- In the body of a high powered blender (one that can crush ice), add the lemon juice, water, cooled sugar syrup, mint leaves and ice. Blend until ice is crushed and mixture becomes the consistency of a frozen slushy. Taste, and if you want to add more sugar do it and blend again.
- Pour into serving glasses, and enjoy immediately, preferably with straws.