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Cherbet el' Limoun Dzaïri | Algerian Style Lemonade

Something slightly tart and sweet to quench your fasting and summer thirst.

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Today's the fourth day of fasting for us here in Algeria. Cherbet or Citronnadeis a delicious Algerian lemon drink that can be found on almost all Algerian iftar tables during Ramadan. During this month, the town of Boufarik near Algiers becomes the favorite destination of fasters because it produces not only the best Zlabia but the best lemonade of the country. This refreshing beverage is made from fresh lemons. It is sweet and slightly acidic. There are several variants to this lemonade using orange blossom water, mint or jasmin flowers. The recipe that I propose is economical will give you 2 liters of this natural lemonade, without the use of faux lemon flavourings, colouring or preservative, ideal in summer. Refreshing and thirst-quenching in summer, it is the drink par excellence during Ramadan or even after a hearty meal. Rich in vitamin C, it is recommended for the days of the common cold. 

Cherbet just makes life (and fasting) beautiful to me 😎

I'm using local in season lemons. You could use Meyer lemons if those are avalible where you are. Alternatively, you could add oranges or strawberry puree into the lemonade.

Below in the Kitchen Tips, you can find suggestions on how to make this low sugar, lower carb and/or diabetic friendly.

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beverages | makes 2 liters

 Cherbet el' Limoun Dzaïri 
 Refreshly squeezed lemons + orange blossom water make this Algerian lemondade shine! 

‣ 3 large lemons
‣ Zest of one large lemon
‣ 200g - 1 cup sugar (see notes below for sweetener options)
‣ 2 liters + 2 cups mineral water
‣ 3 TBS milk or coconut milk (for vegan)
‣ 3 TBS mazhar (orange blossom water)
‣ ice (optional)
‣ mint (optional)
‣ slices of lemon (optional)

1. Zest the lemons. Cut the lemons into pieces and place the lemons in a pot. Add the 2 cups of the water and the sugar. Allow to boil then reduce to very low heat. Seep the lemons in the water for about 
3 - 5minutes. Turn off the heat then allow to cool.

2. Once cooled, strain out the lemons from the water. Pour into a large jug. Add in the lemon zest, milk, orange blossom water and remaining water. Place in the fridge until ready to consume.

Serve chilled, optionally with sprig of mint and ice.

    ⇝ This lemonade can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days. The base (the infused lemon) can be frozen for up to 3 months. To use just thaw out and add the remaining ingredients.

    ⇝ You could use a carbonated water instead of mineral spring water for a fizzy variation. 
    ⇝ Optionally you could infuse the mint along with the lemons.

    ⇝ You can reduce the sugar by half, making it 100g - 1/2 cup for a lower sugar option, OR use 4 TBS honey for a natural option OR sweetened with Stevia. If you're using Stevia add in at the same time as when you're adding the milk.
    ⇝ To make this vegan, omit the milk or use a coconut milk or other non-dairy milk.

     CATEGORIES: beverages, ramadan, summer,  VEGETARIAN, VEGAN ADAPTABLE,  KID'S FAV, RAMADAN, quick and easy, algerian sweet

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        Serve this delicious thirst quenching lemondade with your favourite tadjine like this Dolma one for example or even this Tunisian pasta dish.

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