The Best Juice...Ever.
When I was living in the Middle East, I had the most beautiful lemon tree outside my bedroom window. The feral cats that used the tree to climb in my house were not so beautiful, but the tree was great nonetheless. It even inspired this art print below.
Arabs do a lot of things well-hospitality, friendship, celebrations, to name a few. Let me tell you, food is definitely one of them. I have never eaten so well as I did that year, and I still try to replicate some recipes at home to no avail. But one that is easy to make and delicious is a frozen lemon mint juice. It's easily the best juice you will ever have- money back guarantee ;) It's refreshing, light, tangy, and has a lot of flavor.
You can substitute the sugar in this recipe with a healthier alternative if you choose.
RECIPE: yields 2 servings
- 6 tablespoons (115 g) sugar
- ½ cup (120 ml) plus 6 tablespoons (90 ml) water, divided
- ½ cup (120 ml) fresh lemon juice
- 4 stems worth of mint leaves (about 40 leaves, which is about 2 g) with the stems discarded, plus a few extra sprigs for garnish if desired
- 18-20 ice cubes
- 1-2 drops orange blossom water (optional)
- 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.
- Add the cooled sugar syrup, remaining ½ 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.
- Pour into 2 tall glasses, garnish with mint leaves if desired, and serve immediately.
You can play around with this recipe- you may like more mint, less mint, more ice, less sugar, etc. One of my favorite things about this juice is that even as it melts, it's still delicious.
It's spring in North Carolina, so that means I will be making plenty of this juice over the next few months. I would love to hear if you try it, and how you like it!