Made with fresh mint leaves and lemon juice, frozen mint lemonade is a super refreshing summer drink. It’s like a mint lemon slushie mocktail.
It's been two years since I moved to Australia, and I have yet to get used to how seasons are the opposite way round here. The days are super short. The sun sets at 5 pm, making me feel the day is half gone by the time I get up in the morning. Though I can feel the chill in the air, I miss the feel of summer in July.
To recreate that feeling, I am sharing one of my favourite summer drinks with you – frozen mint lemonade or a mint and lemon slush.This ice cold mocktail is made with fresh mint leaves, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and lots of ice cubes for that slushie texture.
I have also added a pinch of black salt (or kala namak) for it’s salty smoky flavour, and the balance it provides to the sweetness in the drink. Black salt is a common ingredient in Pakistani and Indian cuisine, and is used often sprinkled on fruits or added in drinks to add a unique salty smoky flavour. It's an ingredient that I love in shikanjabeen or nimbu pani, which is the Pakistani or Indian version of a lemonade. So when I added black salt to this frozen mint lemonade, it made me feel like I was having a slushie version of shikanjabeen. If black salt isn't available, plain salt can be used instead.
Tips to make frozen mint lemonade:
- Sugar syrup can be made in advance and kept in the fridge.
- Always use fresh lemon juice to make this drink. In fact, squeeze a few lemons in a small bottle and keep in the fridge to whip up this mocktail quickly.
- Unless you have a powerful blender (such as the Vitamix), be careful of crushing ice cubes directly in the blender as the blades may get damaged. Crush them manually by placing them in a clean kitchen towel or Ziploc bag, and smashing with a wooden spoon or rolling pin. These crushed ice cubes will be much easier to turn into slush in a regular blender.
Looking for more summer themed recipes to try. Check out the following:
- Namkeen Lassi (Pakistani salty yoghurt drink)
- Vanilla Pudding Dessert with Strawberries and Caramel
- Aloo Chana Chaat (Vegan potatoes and chickpeas snack)
- Virgin Mojito Mocktail
Frozen Mint Lemonade | Mint and Lemon Slush
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 8 – 10 fresh mint leaves
- ¼ teaspoon black salt adjust to taste
- 8 – 10 ice cubes crushed
- 1 ½ - 2 cups cold water
- Sliced lemon for garnish
- Mint leaves for garnish
- Dissolve the sugar in 1 cup of hot water to make a sugar syrup. Set aside and let it cool to room temperature. The sugar syrup can be prepared in advance.
- In a blender add sugar syrup, lemon juice, mint leaves, and 1 cup of cold water. If your blender is strong enough to crush ice cubes (such as a Vitamiadd the ice cubes as is.
- Otherwise place the ice cubes in the centre of a clean tea towel. Close the tea towel from the edges and then smash with a large wooden spoon or a rolling pin till the ice cubes are crushed.
- Add the crushed ice cubes to the blender, and pulse for a few seconds till a thick slush is formed.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness level. If you find the mint slush to be too sweet, add ½ - 1 cup more cold water and pulse again.
- Add sliced lemon in the bottom of the glasses and pour the mint slush on top. Garnish with mint leaves and serve right away.