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I once had a delicious lemon and mint drink on a flight with Qatar airways, but I have no idea what it was or how it might have been made. Does anyone know what it might have been and how it was made?


I'm not sure if it was made on board or not. It wasn't carbonated but it was chilled when it was served. It did have a slight syrupy consistency like there might have been some sugar syrup in it. There wasn't any alcohol in it and I couldn't make out any other flavours.

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Was it prepared on board or was it a commercial product? Was it more like a tea or was it carbonated? – sarge_smith Jul 25 '10 at 22:14
lemon and mint are both pretty common ingredients, do you remember other flavors? e.g. spicey, rum-based, whiskey-based – adambox Jul 25 '10 at 23:28
In general, Islam takes a pretty dim view toward alcoholic consumption, though I'm not sure if this extends to their airlines or not. – GalacticCowboy Jul 26 '10 at 16:43
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There's a lovely middle-eastern recipe for mint lemonade. I used to make loads of this stuff in my navy days. So, for a jug serving six sailors:

  • Juice of about 2-3 lemons
  • Six tablespoons of sugar
  • nice handful of mint

Put the mint and sugar in the jug and pour about half a cup of boiling water. Stir well, and leave for a few minutes so that the mint can think about what it has done. Add lemon juice and water slowly while stirring.

The amounts may not be precise, as I used to make this in an eight gallon saucepan, and these days I make it in a 2-cup shaker.

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Middle Eastern Lemonade

Serves 6

  • 8 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sugar, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, or to taste
  • generous 1/4 cup freshly chopped mint
  • water (or seltzer) and ice cubes

Is this what you're looking for maybe?

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I just flew yesterday and asked what it was. They make it with sprite instead of making the stuff. So lemons, mint, and I think she said bitters.

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