Strawberry Mint Limeade

I feel like when it comes to get-togethers, the beverage department is often overlooked. I enjoy making different types of drinks for gatherings, and one that I keep coming back to is this delicious Strawberry Mint Limeade. Berries are in abundant and bursting with sweetness this time of year, and combining them with fresh mint and lime juice results in a heavenly refreshing drink that is sure to be loved by everyone!

(Recipe adapted from here)

 

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Strawberry Mint Limeade

Yield: 6 – 8 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ pounds strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 20 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice

Directions:

Prepare a simple syrup by combining 1 cup water and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring as needed (does not need to boil). Remove from heat and cool completely.

In a large bowl, combine strawberries and mint. Roughly mash with a potato masher (alternately, the berries can be roughly chopped in a food processor). Add remaining 5 cups of water, cover, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (up to overnight). Strain the liquid into a pitcher, discarding the solids. Stir in cooled simple syrup and lime juice.

Serve garnished with additional mint leaves.

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Mint Chutney

In preparation for Saturday’s iftar party, I present to you oh Blogosphere, MINT CHUTNEY! ::drum rolls::

I love the marriage of mint and cilantro, thus making Mint Chutney my favorite South Asian condiment 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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Mint Chutney

Yield:  1 ½ cup

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch mint, leaves only
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2-4 green chilies, depending on preference
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Water, as needed

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until a thick sauce is formed.

(By the way, I’ve submitted this recipe to The Halal Foodie for their Ramadan Event, a place where you can find an awesome array of iftar recipes!)