Mint lemonade

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Mint lemonade
Lemon & Mint.jpg
Mint lemonade in Spain
Country of originWorldwide
IngredientsLemon juice, sugar, water, mint, ice cubes

Mint lemonade is lemonade flavored with mint. It may be made with whole mint leaves, mint-flavored syrup, or pureed mint leaves, and may be served over ice cubes or blended with ice into a slush or smoothie. It is sometimes called a virgin mojito.[1]

It is found in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.[2]


The mint flavor may be added to lemonade in various ways:

It may be mixed with still or sparkling water.

It may be served over ice, or blended with ice to make a slush, smoothie, or granita.[8]

There are also bottled versions.[citation needed]


Variants may add ingredients such as ginger,[9] maple syrup,[10] lime juice,[11] black salt and apple juice.[1]

Adding spirits[edit]

Various spirits may be added to it, including arak,[12][13][14] tequila ("mint margarita"), bourbon (a "lemon and mint julep"),[15][16] gin,[17] etc.

As a flavor[edit]

Mint lemonade may also be made into sorbets, ice pops, and so on.[citation needed]


In Israel, it is called limonana, a portmanteau of limon Hebrew: לימוןArabic: ليمون‎ 'lemon' and naʿnaʿ Hebrew: נענעArabic: نعناع‎ 'mint'.[18][19] The word was coined for an advertising campaign to promote bus advertising, in which various celebrities were shown promoting a drink called "Limonana", a blend of lemon and mint, which was in the end revealed to be fictitious.[20][21][22][4]


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  2. ^ April White, Lemonade with Zest: 40 Thirst-Quenching Recipes, 2018, ISBN 1452162840, "Middle Eastern Limonana", p. 40
  3. ^ "Mint Lemonade Recipe- Low Sugar". Pickled Plum. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Martinelli, Katherine (11 July 2011). "Limonana: Sparkling Summer". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Summer Beverages", The World To-Day, 3:1:1720 (July 1902)
  6. ^ "Limonade maison a la menthe". Savoirs et Saveurs. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  7. ^ Samuel E. Davies, An English Butler's Canapes, Salads, Sandwiches, Drinks, Etc., 1916, "Mint Lemonade Cup"p. 101
  8. ^ "Limonada a la menta". People en Espanol (en Espanol). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Limonada menta jengibre". Nestle Contigo Chile. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  10. ^ "LIMONADE À LA MENTHE FRAÎCHE & À L'ÉRABLE". Trois fois par jour. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Limonade citron, lime et menthe". Urbanism City (en Francais). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  12. ^ "Tourist Tip #16 / Arak". Ha’aretz. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Tourist Tip #34 / Alcoholic Drinks". Ha’aretz. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  14. ^ Buzelan, Shira. "Arak-spiked 'limonana' with tapas for Independence Day". The Times of Israel. The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
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  16. ^ "Zahav defines Israeli cuisine in America". Eater. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  17. ^ Medovoy, George. "Savoring Israeli flavors at Jaffa.LA". The Jerusalem Post. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  18. ^ "Limonana: Summer Drinks". Hadassah Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  19. ^ Lewis, Dan (2013). "Limonana - when life gives you advertising space, make lemonade". Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781440563638.
  20. ^ הפלאפל ברדיו עובד,הפרסום פחות [The Falafel on Radio Works, The Advertising Less So] (in Hebrew). 31 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  21. ^ Sharon-Rivlin, Vered (14 October 1997). מה בולט ושורץ בגוש דן [What is Prominent and Swarming in Gush Dan?]. Globes (in Hebrew). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  22. ^ Siegal, Lilach (29 May 2001). לימונענע וירטואלית [Virtual Limonana]. The Marker (in Hebrew). Retrieved 28 May 2012.