The second of my Egyptian Food Month recipes stays with the "lemons" theme :) A couple of days ago I posted my Preserved Lemons (yum!!) and now here is some absolutely fantastic Egyptian Lemonade. This is a bit different to traditional lemonade, it's mostly lemons and has very little sugar. This means it isn't very sweet and it's very lemony! It is smoothed out with delicious orange blossom water and fresh mint but it's actually not meant to be served as it. Because it's so lemony, it is served with only a bit on the bottom of the glass on ice and then topped up with soda water. This small jug of limoonada plus two bottles of soda water kept 8 people very well watered for a whole evening - so a little bit can go a long way! I, personally, much prefer this to the sugary sweet lemonades which I'm more used to.
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup boiling hot water
2 tsp orange blossom water
1/2 bunch mint, roughly torn
Ice & soda water, to serve
1. Dissolve the sugar in the boiling hot water and set aside to cool.
2. Juice the lemons and tip into a jug. Add the sugar and orange blossom water and stir well. Chill until ready to serve.
3. When ready to serve, stir through the mint.
4. Pour a small amount over ice in a glass and top up with soda water. Enjoy!
If you'd like to make this a bit more adult you can add a splash of vodka, gin or white rum.
I've submitted this recipe to the Vegan Virtual Linky Potluck - click here to see the other entries.