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.