Fresh Mint Lemonade

I first experienced this taste treat in Doha, Qatar after hiking along the Corniche in the early morning, watching the Pearl Dhow’s floating peacefully in the harbor.  By the time I returned to the ancient souk, I was absolutely parched.  The picture in the drink menu with the beads of sweat on the glass convinced me this was the drink to try.  By the time it arrived, I was so thirsty I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not. I think the temperature had soared to 100° F and I was so thirsty that I was ready to expire.

It is so refreshing though and I have since learned how to make a healthy version.

  • Lemon, lime or key lime – juice of 4-6 small.  I prefer key limes.
  • fresh mint – 3/4 bunch
  • Steviana – 2 packages
  • Cold clear water – 12 ounces
  • Ice cubes – 12 ounces, or half a tray
  • Cayenne – 2 shakes

Remove thick stems from the mint, and lightly chop.  Combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.  Serve in beer mug or wine glass.  I really dislike straws.  However, this is one time they work well to keep the beverage stirred.  The final drink should be very green and very tart.

Excerpt from, “Some Men Can Cook, Some Men Can Watch TV, and Some Men Can Do Both, Secrets of the Fighter Pilot in the Kitchen”


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