These drinks make the intense Middle Eastern summer heat actually bearable. There is something about the crsipness of lemon that imparts all the wonder of summer. Citrus is for summer and with these two drinks, you will see why.
We use both the lemon juice and zest in this Middle Eastern specialty. This drink reminds us of a “virgin”Cuban mojito from back in the Caribbean and is served in most Middle Eastern restaurants here- for good reason. Lemon and mint combine to impart freshness and quench the deepest thirst. If desired, add your favourite sweetener, but note that it is to be served with a very tangy tone and if sweetened, it should only be slightly so.
This is the Chef and Steward iced tea. You will see The Steward walking around with a bottle of this stuff all summer long. Made with loose leaf iced tea which has been steeping in just hot (not boiling) water for not longer than 60 seconds, this is the drink to re-awaken you after the summer heat has beaten you down. Add slivers of ginger and a squeeze of lemon for an additional metabolic boost. Lemon also increases the antioxidant levels in green tea and is great for digestion. If desired, add your favourite sweetener, though you are better off without, unless it is organic raw stevia leaves as we sometimes have it.