Naneli Limonata (Lemonade with Mint)


  • 1½ cups, plus 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons lemon rind
  • 1 cup (6 to 8) fresh mint leaves
  • 6 lemons


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the 1½ cups sugar in the water, stirring well.
  2. Using a wooden spoon, rub the lemon rind and mint leaves with the 2 Tablespoons sugar in a small bowl until the sugar absorbs the flavors. (Alternatively, pound the lemon rind, mint leaves, and sugar with a mortar and pestle.)
  3. Stir in the sugar-water solution, mixing well. Strain this mixture through a sieve.
  4. Squeeze the lemons to extract their juice.
  5. Combine the lemon juice with the strained sugar solution, mixing well. Cover and chill.
  6. Serve over ice (if desired), garnished with mint leaves.
Serves 8.

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