Mint lemonade
Mint lemonade in Spain
IngredientsLemon juice, sugar, water, mint, ice cubes

Mint lemonade is lemonade flavored with mint. It may be made with whole mint leaves, mint-flavored syrup, or pureed mint leaves, and may be served over ice cubes or blended with ice into a slush or smoothie. It is sometimes called a virgin mojito.[1]

It is found in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East,[2] and is attested since the early 20th century.[3][4]


The mint flavor may be added to lemonade in various ways:

It may be mixed with still or sparkling water.

It may be served over ice, or blended with ice to make a slush, smoothie, or granita.[10]

There are also bottled versions.[citation needed]


Variants may add ingredients such as ginger,[11] maple syrup,[12] lime juice,[13] black salt and apple juice.[1]

Adding spirits

Various spirits may be added to it, including arak,[14][15][16] tequila ("mint margarita"), bourbon (a "lemon and mint julep"),[17][18] gin,[19] etc.

As a flavor

Mint lemonade may also be made into sorbets, ice pops, and so on.[citation needed]


In the Arab world it is called “limon na-naa”.

In Israel, it is called limonana, a portmanteau of limon Hebrew: לימון 'lemon' and naʿnaʿ Hebrew: נענע 'mint'.[20][21] The word was coined for an advertising campaign to promote bus advertising, in which various celebrities were shown promoting a drink called "Limonana", a blend of lemon and mint, which was in the end revealed to be fictitious.[22][23][24][6]


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  2. ^ April White, Lemonade with Zest: 40 Thirst-Quenching Recipes, 2018, ISBN 1452162840, "Middle Eastern Limonana", p. 40
  3. ^ "Summer beverages", The World To-Day 3:2:1720 (August 1902)
  4. ^ "Recipes for Graniti", The House Beautiful 14:1:20 (June 1903)
  5. ^ "Mint Lemonade Recipe- Low Sugar". Pickled Plum. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b Martinelli, Katherine (11 July 2011). "Limonana: Sparkling Summer". Jewish Daily Forward. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Summer Beverages", The World To-Day, 3:1:1720 (July 1902)
  8. ^ "Limonade maison a la menthe". Savoirs et Saveurs. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  9. ^ Samuel E. Davies, An English Butler's Canapes, Salads, Sandwiches, Drinks, Etc., 1916, "Mint Lemonade Cup"p. 101
  10. ^ "Limonada a la menta". People en Espanol (en Espanol). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  11. ^ "Limonada menta jengibre". Nestle Contigo Chile. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  12. ^ "LIMONADE À LA MENTHE FRAÎCHE & À L'ÉRABLE". Trois fois par jour. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  13. ^ "Limonade citron, lime et menthe". Urbanism City (en Francais). Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  14. ^ "Tourist Tip #16 / Arak". Ha’aretz. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Tourist Tip #34 / Alcoholic Drinks". Ha’aretz. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  16. ^ Buzelan, Shira. "Arak-spiked 'limonana' with tapas for Independence Day". The Times of Israel. The Times of Israel. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
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  18. ^ "Zahav defines Israeli cuisine in America". Eater. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  19. ^ Medovoy, George. "Savoring Israeli flavors at Jaffa.LA". The Jerusalem Post. The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  20. ^ "Limonana: Summer Drinks". Hadassah Magazine. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  21. ^ Lewis, Dan (2013). "Limonana - when life gives you advertising space, make lemonade". Now I Know: The Revealing Stories Behind the World's Most Interesting Facts. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781440563638.
  22. ^ הפלאפל ברדיו עובד,הפרסום פחות [The Falafel on Radio Works, The Advertising Less So] (in Hebrew). 31 May 2010. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  23. ^ Sharon-Rivlin, Vered (14 October 1997). מה בולט ושורץ בגוש דן [What is Prominent and Swarming in Gush Dan?]. Globes (in Hebrew). Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  24. ^ Siegal, Lilach (29 May 2001). לימונענע וירטואלית [Virtual Limonana]. The Marker (in Hebrew). Retrieved 28 May 2012.