One of the things that was truly delightful in my time away in Dubai last month was the ready availability of freshly made juices. Whether it was at the hotel, in a restaurant, or even from a street vendor, you could have your choice of juices that were freshly made on site, usually to order. I fell in love with Lemon Juice with Mint, and fortunately have an abundant supply of mint growing in my garden to make this tasty treat anytime I want.
Lemon Juice with Mint is cool and refreshing – tart lemons, cool and bold mint, and just a hint of sweetness to round it all out. Think homemade lemonade with a hint of mint. Traditionally, white sugar is used to sweeten this juice and when you order you can choose no sweet, little bit sweet, medium, or regular. My preference, and this recipe, is for a little bit sweet using raw honey to replace the sugar, so feel free to add or take away from the amount used to suit your tastes.
You’ll want to chill all of the ingredients ahead of time and make this drink as close to serving as possible. Over time, the bright vibrant green color will fade, sometimes turning a more muddy brown that does not look so appetizing.
Lemon Juice with Mint
Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 1-cup servings
1 cup mint leaves, any large stems removed
1/4 cup raw honey
4 cups water
- Juice the lemons. Remove any seeds from the juicer and add any pulp to the lemon juice. Set aside.
- Add the mint leaves to a blender along with 1/2 cup of water. Blend on low speed until the leaves are completely blended into the liquid. At this point, you may wish to strain the liquid to remove pulp, but this isn’t necessary. If you strain it, return the liquid to the blender.
- Add the honey and lemon juice and turn the blender on to low speed. Add the remaining water.
- Serve in tall chilled glasses, garnished with ice or mint leaves if desired.
Note: This recipe is completely developed to my taste – very tart, bright and minty, with just a hint of sweetness. Once you’ve made it once, customize it to your taste by adding more or using less of any of the ingredients.