Last January I had the chance to travel to Egypt fully sponsored by my sister. The surprise trip was an extension to my usual ‘Balik-Kampung’ (Going back to Hometown) Trip in KL. As soon as I landed at Cairo International Airport, the cold dry air of Cairo (about 10°C) chilled me to my bones! The last minute trip gave me no time at all to prepare for the weather. The clothing I initially packed to suit the hot and wet days in KL, did NOT suit the winter in Cairo. Thanks to my sister’s warm hugs and some extra jackets, I at least felt a bit warm.

Despite the cold days, a sky-rocket fever, delicious food and the different cultures, I thoroughly enjoyed my trip in Egypt and was able to learn and experience a lot. From haggling at the souk, all the way to trying out Spicy Chili Drink (which was by far the weirdest thing I had ever swallowed in my life). One of the things I was glad to bring back home was the recipe to one of my favorite juice back in Cairo till present. Drum roll please…

Limon nana (ليمون نعناع) or Mint Lemonade”

To be honest I do not know how or where the original recipe came from, but mint does complement lemons, from marinating any dishes to blending one of the most refreshing juices. The freshness of the mint and zing from the lemons, well sweetened and chilled with a few clunks of ice will surely cool down your sweaty summer!

This is how you can add more zest to your life!

How to make Mint Lemonade?

  • 3 lemons
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Sugar syrup (or any other sweetener)
  • 2 cups of Water

Prepare the lemons by removing the skin and white rinds. In a blender, add in the lemons, finely chopped mint leaves, syrup and water. Adjust the quantity of the syrup and water according to taste and blend well. Strain the mixture and serve it chilled with ice (or blend the ice with the juice to make an ice-blended lemonade.)

Enjoy the refreshing taste!