Limonana – A Mid- Eastern Summer Drink


Limonana is a refreshing  & coolant  middle eastern drink specially to beat the heat of summers.


Around seven years back , it was one of the many afternoon telephonic conversation with my dear  friend Bhumika  we started comparing  the summers of India  with  UAE . Our conversation diverted to seasonal food & drinks. Being a Punjabi girl , her insistence that lassi is the drink of summers and  with my background of different states I was hell bent on convincing her it was Neebu Ka Sharbat or Shikanji. Both being stubborn girls , we stood our stand and decided that we enjoyed both the drinks equally from time to time. We started discussing as middle east has long summers , there must be some special drink to beat the heat. Bhumika informed me there was one drink named Limonana.


I later googled to explore more about this drink . According to wikipedia, Limonana is beleived to be originated in Turkey or Syria. The name Limonana is a mix of two arabic words. Limo meaning Lemon & Nana meaning mint. Some say it is a middle eastern Slush with a mix of lemon , mint & ice.  Today I am sharing with you my version of Limonana. This drink can be sweetened using sugar, honey & jaggery too. Nowadays honey has been my top most sweetener for my drinks.Limonana

Serves 2

Limonana – A Mid- Eastern Summer Drink

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 2 lemon peeled
  • 6 -7 mint leaves
  • 3 tbsp sidr honey/3 -4 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of rose water
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 glass water
  • 1/4 tsp salt


  1. Peel the lemon skin & deseed the lemon
  2. Remove the white part in the middle of lemon too
  3. In a grinder mix together all the ingredients.
  4. Pulse till all is completely crushed.
  5. Pour in glass & serve
Cuisine: Middle Eastern | Recipe Type: Non Alchoholic Drink


This drink has to be served immediately after preparing as grounded mint has the tendency to turn bitter.


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