Back in Israel, one of my favorite party drinks was Limonana – a delicious and refreshing lemon mint tea recipe that’s easy to make! (Disclaimer: this post contains affiliate links)
This “limonana” recipe is sweetened with honey, so it’s even (kind of) healthy! I even let M drink it, and we definitely avoid junk food with him.
Limonana is a mint lemonade, or lemon mint tea recipe, that is served at almost every party or event you’ll go to. It’s like the Israeli “sweet tea” and is a staple there! You can buy it in cartons, of course, but it’s much better homemade!
The key to a perfect lemon mint iced tea is to use REAL INGREDIENTS! That means, I used real mint leaves and real lemon juice. I even sweetened it with honey, as I mentioned above. The result: a thirst-quenching, wholesome drink that is even safe for pregnant women (read: no caffeine!)
I learned to brew peppermint tea using real mint leaves in at a Moroccan-Israeli home I visited, and it made me wonder why it’s not done more here in the US. It is the best tea I’ve tasted – and you don’t need to love tea to enjoy it! Of course, there’s nothing like freshly-squeezed lemonade. When you put the two together, you have wholesome goodness!
Where does the word Limonana come from? Why do I keep saying it?
I knew that that question was at the tip of your tongue!
Limonana is a play on words. The Hebrew word for Lemonade is “limonaDA” and mint would be “nana“. Combine the two and you have “limoNANA!”
Translated directly to English, you can call it “Lemomint iced tea”.
So, what do you do when you miss a favorite drink? You MAKE IT!
I used mint leaves from my indoor plants, but that’s totally optional. at first I put two branches into the entire pitcher, but then decided to add a little more. I had sprigs with the leaves attached, but you can also place the leaves into a tea infuser to keep them from mixing in.
Here is your lemon mint iced tea recipe – make it, hydrate well, drink up, enjoy!
- 3 T honey
- 1 qt boiling water
- 2-4 peppermint sprigs (depending on desired strength)
- Juice and pulp of one lemon
- Lemon and mint for garnish
- Allow the mint to steep in the tea for fifteen minutes.
- Stir in honey while it's still hot, until it's totally dissolved.
- Add the lemon juice.
- Garnish with a few mint leaves, and a slice of lemon.
- Serve over ice.