Get ready to refresh your summer with our Mediterranean-inspired Egyptian Mint Lemonade, also known as Limonana! Crafted with just five ingredients, this drink is a symphony of sweetness, creaminess, and absolute refreshment. Whip it up in minutes for a crowd-pleasing refresher. It’s the ultimate sip for barbecues, parties, or simply chilling in the fridge for whenever you just need a little taste of summer.

What Is Limonana? 

Also sometimes referred to as lemonata, limonana (pronounced lee-mo-nah-nah) is a Middle Eastern version of mint lemonade or limeade. The name is a combination of Arabic and Hebrew words meaning lemon and mint. 

It’s one of our favorite treats and is a recipe our aunt used to make for us when we visited Egypt! One sip, and we’re transported back to the summers of our childhood. 

What Is Middle Eastern-Inspired Mint Lemonade Made Of? 

You might be surprised by the ingredients in this mint lemonade recipe. It features more flavors than the American version of lemonade, but we promise it’s so tasty! 

  • Limes – Use medium-sized limes, and do not substitute for bottled lime juice. 
  • Whole Milk – This is crucial for the rich taste and smooth, creamy texture. If needed, canned coconut can be substituted for a dairy-free option. 
  • Cold Water – Used to blend the ingredients. 
  • Sugar – Regular granulated sugar helps sweeten the drink, reducing the tartness of the limes. Feel free to use Stevia or a sugar substitute instead. 
  • Mint Leaves – Use brightly colored, fresh mint leaves with their stems removed. 

Blend, Pour, Sip! 

The best part about this mint lemonade recipe is that it comes together in just a few minutes with basically no prep time. 

  1. Combine. Add the limes, whole milk, water, sugar, and mint leaves to a high-speed blender.
  2. Mix. Blend until the ingredients are smooth and well combined. Do not overmix! Otherwise, your limonana will be bitter. 
  3. Strain. Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp or solid pieces. 
  4. Serve! Pour your mint lemonade into a glass full of ice, and enjoy it right away! 
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Common Questions About This Mint Lemonade (Limonana) Recipe

Can I make this recipe ahead of time? 

For the best taste and texture, we recommend serving this recipe right away. Otherwise, if it sits for a longer period of time, it will curdle from the acidity.

What do I do with the leftover limes? 

Don’t toss out the pulp! Instead, mix it into popsicles, add it to homemade protein balls, mix it into salad dressing, or toss them in with stir fry! 

Is mint lemonade healthy? 

We wouldn’t exactly call this recipe healthy. However, if you want to make it better for you, you can substitute the granulated sugar with a sugar substitute. 

More Middle Eastern-Inspired Recipes

Craving more of the enticing flavors of the Middle East at home? Explore a treasure trove of delightful recipes with some of our favorites below! From refreshing salads to savory soups, these recipes are your key to bringing Middle Eastern-inspired magic to your kitchen!

Egyptian Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

4.98 from 92 votes
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Learn how to make middle eastern-inspired mint lemonade (limonana) with five ingredients and five minutes! 

Ingredients  

  • 5-6 medium limes sliced
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes for serving

Instructions 

  • In a high-powered blender, add the medium limes, whole milk, cold water, granulated sugar, and fresh mint leaves.
    5-6 medium limes, 3 cups whole milk, 1 cup cold water, 1 cup granulated sugar, 6 fresh mint leaves
  • Blend the mixture until smooth and well combined. DO NOT OVERMIX it will cause the drink to be bitter.
  • Pour the liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp or solids.
  • Serve the over a glass filled with ice cubes. For the best taste and texture, enjoy the drink immediately!
    Ice cubes for serving

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 257mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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59 Comments

    1. It’s just a fun play on traditional lemonade or maybe more accurately limeade!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  1. Hi there! I love your posts and recipes. For this drink, can the leftover solids be used for something else? Or is it just wise to discard?

    1. Thank you, Abby! You could try adding it to a smoothie. We have seen other people turn them into fruit leather or add them to popsicles or pancakes, but we haven’t tested these. We’d love to know how you use them if you find a good option!

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  2. 5 stars
    Good Morning! Just want to let both of you ladies know how Amazing I think you both are. Thank you for sharing all your Amazing and Wonderful recipes for us all on FB. Much appreciated 😊

    1. Thank you so much, Sara! We’re so happy to have you here and are glad you’re enjoying the recipes. 🥰

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  3. Thank you for the recipe for the lime drink. Can this be frozen or can you put in fridge to have it available? Thank you

    1. It’s best enjoyed right away! You can try storing it in the fridge, but the ingredients are likely to settle at the bottom.

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

    1. Yes! Any milk works, but we recommend using one that’s higher in fat such as coconut milk or cashew milk.

      Xo,
      Alia & Radwa

  4. Did you ever make it with coconut milk? I think it would taste lovely with lime and mint
    cow’s milk doesn’t agree with me

  5. 4 stars
    I blended for about 30 seconds and it was still very bitter. Is there a specific type of lime to use? How long is too long to blend? Or can this be made with lime juice instead?

  6. 5 stars
    made this recipe with lemons from our backyard tree. came out so delicious! can’t wait it try it with limes and oranges 😋

  7. Thank you for the Lemonade refreshing drink recipe lemons have been going to waste now atleast we know how to make use of them

      1. You could try coconut milk or a dairy-free milk. The flavor and texture will change slightly, but it will still be tasty.

        Xo,
        Alia & Radwa

      1. i am a bit worried about the sugar. Is there suggestions on substituting some of the sugar with something more healthy?

  8. am so glad that I stumbled upon your site on FB….Your recipes, your presentations, your videos are next-to-none superior..
    (My only fear is that I am going to ROLL out my kitchen one day because I won’t be able to STOP inhaling the meals I love….!)

  9. 5 stars
    I loved this recipe!!! Super easy, and the lime milk combo makes this refreshment super rich and tasty. Highly recommend 👍

  10. 5 stars
    My 12 year old made this herself and my whole family loved it! Simple and easy! A new summer favorite for us!