I think LEMONADE is the official beverage of summer no matter which part of the world you live in. It changes it’s face across different cultures and borders but essentially the lemon with its tangy and tart flavor is the most popular citrus.
In Pakistan, the country of my birth, it is often referred to as SHIKANJBEEN or even simply as LEEMBOO PANI.
It wasn’t until I arrived in the Middle East, more specifically, Saudi Arabia, that I saw the addition of mint in the mix. Lemon Mint was every where. From the prepackaged sugary variety at grocery stores to freshly squeezed versions at high end restaurants, it was the beverage of choice for the Saudi population. Much like berry flavored drinks are here in the United States.
The pairing of lemon and mint is so refreshing and gives one great benefits. What’s good to know is that just one lemon provides 51% of your daily recommendation of vitamin C.
benefits of lemon:
- protects against heart disease;
- prevents kidney stones;
- reduces the risk of cancer;
- improves digestive health.
benefits of mint:
Mint is full of antioxidants such as perillyl alcohol and rosmarinic acid as well as trace minerals and vitamins such as iron, vitamin A and potassium.
- 3 lemon, juiced
- 3 C water
- ¼ C simple sugar syrup or honey
- 3 sprigs mint
- Juice the lemon and add to blender along with the rest of the ingredients except ice.
- Blend till combined.
- Pour over ice and enjoy!
Get your kids involved by having them squeeze the juice out of the lemons! This is a great way to have them start their culinary journey!
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