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Limonana, Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade
So in San Diego, we don't really have seasons. We have warm day/chilly night, hot day/hotter night, and 'What just fell from the sky?' Needless to say, most of the week has been unusually hot for November weather. For me, that totally validates limonana as a November suitable drink! Limonana is a cold and blended lemonade drink made out of 'limon' (Arabic for 'lemon') and 'nana' (Arabic for 'mint'). It's popular throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, as one would expect it to be in such a large desert region. Sometimes limonana is served as a smoothie or drinkable yogurt, but it's most famously ice blended and amazing! Try it out! ------------------------------------------------------------ Limonana (Middle Eastern Frozen Mint Lemonade) 6 tbsp. sugar 1/2 cup plus 6 tbsp. water, divided 1/2 cup lemon juice 4 stems worth of mint leaves (about 40 leaves) with the stems discarded, plus a few extra sprigs for garnish, if desired 18 - 20 ice cubes 1 - 2 drops orange blossom water (optional) 1. Add the sugar and 6 tablespoons of water to a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature. 2. Add the cooled sugar syrup, remaining 1/2 cup water, lemon juice, mint leaves, ice cubes, and orange blossom water (if using) to a blender. Pulse a few times to break up the ice and then process until slushy. 3. Pour into 2 tall glasses, garnish with mint leaves if desired, and serve immediately.
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