No matter how you look at it, this Middle Eastern Lemonade is a winner in this hot weather for so many reasons!
The recipe combines fresh lemon juice, maple syrup or (raw agave syrup), and orange blossom water ( a typical Middle Eastern flavor available in many supermarkets, ethnic markets, or health food stores). This drink is not only absolutely delicious, but it is also bursting with minerals and antioxidants which can be readily lost by the body in really hot weather.
They call the orange blossom water by it's Arabic name " Mazhar". It is not only used in lemonade, but also in baking and cooking. The fragrance is so wonderful that just opening the bottle and smelling the amazing fragrance will relax you.
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Why this lemonade is a Nutritional Power House and perfect for really hot weather!
Maple syrup provides the trace mineral manganese and the mineral zinc which are both very important to maintain a healthy immune system, as opposed to sugar which provides no nutrients and may actually rob your body of nutrients.Although maple syrup is sweeter than sugar, it only has 34 calories in 2 teaspoons.
Use Grade B and look for a raw brand.
Fresh lemon juice
Lemons are high in vitamin C, full of powerful antioxidants, and can provide antibacterial benefits. Since you squeeze fresh lemons for this recipe, there are no nutrients lost in processing. Lemon juice also helps the body detox toxins.
Orange Blossom Water
This Middle Eastern essence contains no calories or nutritional benefits, but can have a very calming effect on the nervous system. Just smelling it is relaxing. Drinking it is calming.
Believe it or not , fresh mint leaves are high in nutrients. They are rich in manganese, vitamin A and vitamin C. Mint also provides fiber, folate, iron, vitamin B2, potassium and copper. I have a great herb garden in my yard, and my mint comes back every year.
This drink takes about 2 minutes to make, really cools you off, adds to your nutrition, and is delicious.
As opposed to store bought lemonade that offers very little nutritional value, empty calories, and loads of sugar that may be too stimulating for kids ( and adults) and rob the body of nutrients. This recipe for Middle Eastern lemonade seems like a better choice.
Which tastes better? I'll choose this recipe hands down every time.
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In this hot weather, we keep a pitcher of this old family favorite in the refrigerator . We fill a glace with ice and cover it with lemonade and then add a few fresh sprigs of mint from the garden.
I hope you try it and enjoy it on a hot summer day!
Ingredients per 10-12 ounce glass
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 Tablespoons maple syrup or more or less to taste, ( or raw agave syrup)
1/8 teaspoon of orange blossom water ( Mazhar)
water to fill the glass after everything else is added.
2 mint leaves
Fill a 10 ounce glass with ice
Add fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, orange blossom water, and mint leaves.
Stir well and enjoy.
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