Hydration is super important during the non-fasting hours. It’s nice to have something else refreshing besides water when you open your fast. Since we have a lemon tree and mint growing in the backyard, we took advantage of that and made a refreshing sprinkling mint lemonade. I first had mint lemonade at a Mediterranean restaurant awhile back, and since then I’ve been trying to emulate it. I really enjoyed the refreshing mint flavor combined with the tartness of the lemons. This is the closest I’ve come so far with THIS RECIPE but with a few minor modifications.
Instead of making the simple syrup on the stove, we simply did it in the microwave. After stirring together the water and sugar well, put it in the microwave for about a minute and a half. Stop once it starts to boil or the mixture is clear. Let it cool to room temperature or put it in the refrigerator if you’re not using it right away. Additionally, not everyone in my household likes carbonated lemonade, so I kept the club soda/sparkling water separate from the jug and let individuals add it in themselves. I also put it in the fridge sans ice since we don’t have an ice maker and it still chilled nicely. It also allowed the muddled mint leaves to really immerse its flavor into the lemonade.
Traditionally during Ramadan in Pakistan, instead of lemonade, limelade is served. Not only is it sour, it’s a little salty too! It’s often served during the warmer months since it’s a great way to cool off, and you feel refreshed after a long day of fasting.