Egyptian Mint-Lime-Lemon smoothie is a treat on a boiling hot day! If you ever swing by Egypt, make sure to try it at some point. It is ubiquitously served, starting from five star hotels to popular cafes “makahi“.
In addition to being a refreshing drink, it is an excellent detox and metabolism-catalyst, given the healing properties of mint, lime, and lemon.
Egyptian lemons are the size of walnuts. They are relatively tiny but delectably juicy. A hybrid of lemon and lime, the Egyptian citrus fruit amasses the qualities of both—the marbled yellow-green color, delicate acidity, and pleasant sweetness. On top of their exotic flavor, they are utterly photogenic—so I made sure, on my last trip to the mother land, to squeeze a bag of them in my stuffed suitcase before getting on the plane.
This popular Egyptian drink resurfaced in my life on one summer night in California. The heat in the Golden State occasionally goes wild in July! Non-alcoholic chilled drinks are a must to thrive and safely drive in the Golden State!
The fragrant fresh mint and bright lemons in my in-laws garden were so enticing. Following a summery grilled dinner in the backyard, I blitzed all the ingredients together, for few minutes, and the frothy, refreshing drink was ready to serve. It is so quick to make, given that the citrus is blended with the peel on. Therefore I strongly recommend using unwaxed (organic) lemons and limes.
It is up to you how you want to sweeten it—honey or maple syrup are all legitimate alternatives to sugar. And they will surely take your day saver to a healthier direction.
Egyptian Mint-Lime-Lemon Smoothie
Serves 6-8 people
- 4 whole lemons, seeded and quartered
- 1 lime, seeded and quartered
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Mint sprigs and lemon slices to decorate the glasses
- Additional cold water, if needed
- Add the quartered lemons, lime, water, ice and sugar (or alternative) to the blender and blitz at high speed for few minutes.
- When it is frothy and smooth, pour it into a pitcher that contains ice.
- Add additional water if you find it too concentrated.
- Serve immediately before the ice melts, and the bright green color turns into a dull brown shade.