There is a café in the chic ABC mall in Beirut called Casper and Gambini; this is where I tried this mint-lemonade for the first time on a hot sweltering day. It came in semi-frozen form like a margarita and the combined taste of fresh mint and fresh lemons was so cool and tangy and refreshing! I had to get their recipe. Well, that did not happen so I came up with my own.
Here it is: this morning I drank the entire batch.
- 6 ounces of lemon juice
- sugar syrup: 1/2 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water
- 6 sprigs of mint
- ice cubes, as needed
- powdered sugar as needed
- First make the syrup by placing granulated sugar and water in a pan and heating the mixture till it dissolves.
- Juice enough lemons to get about 6 ounces.
- Wash one or two bunches of mint and cut off the leaves from the stalks.
- Place syrup, lemon juice, ice cubes (several, I used about 8), mint in a blender
- Run the machine until the mixture is smooth and looks like a frozen slush; taste for sweetness adding one tablespoon or more of powdered sugar if needed. Serve