In 2009 I visited Saudi Arabia for some work, and while I was there I experienced two absolutely wonderful concoctions. The first was a blood orange juice and strawberry smoothie with a bit of salt in it. The second was a mint lemonade. When I got home I did some testing, went through a bunch of lemons, sugar, and vodka, and finally reverse engineered this recipe.
Since Oligarchy Day (July 4th) is coming up, perhaps some of you might enjoy it.
The Things You Will Need:
Ngredients (makes about 4 pilsner glasses full)
- 5 or 6 lemons
- 2-3 pinches of salt
- 1/2 cup sugar
- about 2 dozen mint leaves
- some ice
- blender capable of blending ice
- (optional) between 1 shot glass and a cup of vodka, ice cold (leave it in the freezer overnight!)
Squeeze the lemons into a pitcher; add cool water to fill, add sugar and salt and mix. The resulting lemonade should be subtle, slightly sweet but not cloying, with the tiniest hint of saltiness. (Pro tip: you can omit the pitcher entirely if you are sure you won’t hit the power switch on the blender while you’re reaching into it with a spoon to taste-test the proportions)
Pour the lemonade into the blender; add ice cubes. Add the vodka. Blend until smooth. Work relatively quickly; you don’t want the ice/vodka/lemonade to get hot – this is best served at revenge temperature (very cold).
Line up glasses and fill them 2/3 with lemonade from the pitcher. Then add the mint to the remaining 1/3 of the lemonade that’s in the blender. Blend. Gently top off the glasses with the minty lemonade from the blender. What will happen at this point is that the green minty stuff will be slightly foamy and stay at the top, giving a slight two-layer effect.
This batch had perhaps a slight bit too much mint!!!! …
…but it went down anyway.
(Note: This is an edited version of an old posting on my website)