cold drinks

Southern Lemonade

Growing up nothing made me happier than running to the fridge and getting some of my momma’s ice-cold lemonade. In the South we make lemonade a bit different from other people. We slice the lemons and allow them to marinate overnight in the water and sugar which makes a perfect combination that is not too sweet nor to sour.

8 cups cold water
3-4 lemons, washed and sliced
1 cup sugar

1. In a 4-quart saucepan on high heat add 2 cups of water and sugar, boil until dissolved about 2 minutes.

2. In a pitcher add lemon slices and remaining water. Pour sugar syrup on top, refrigerate over night.

Indonesian Tea Punch

When my family and I were in Indonesia they had the most amazing yet simple ice tea that we have tried. The original recipe calls for green tea but if you have black that will work as well, they both taste great and pretty much the same. Fresh oranges, mint and ginger added to the tea is the secret to this year around refreshing ice cold drink.

2 cups boiling water
6 regular sized tea bags
3/4 cup white sugar
6 cups cold water
12 sprigs fresh mint
1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger
1 orange, sliced
1/2 lemon, sliced

1. In a 2-quart saucepan boil 2 cups water and ginger.

2. Meanwhile add cold water in a tea pitcher with mint, orange and lemon slices.

3. Remove pan from heat and place teabags. Allow to steep for 15 minutes. Throw tea bags in trash and add sugar, stir until dissolved.

4. Pour tea mixture into cold water in pitcher and mix well. Refrigerate.

Smoked Laban

My husbands grandmother is in town as of now and like most older people she is very set in her own ways of what she likes to eat. She lives in the Southern region of Saudi Arabia where they eat very simple foods such as fruits, aseeda, dates and drinks like laban. We went to a local Yemeni restaurant that has the same old traditional foods that she likes and bought her a few things. One drink that we bought for her was smoked laban. A southern favorite here in Saudi. The smoked laban was amazing so smooth with the perfect smokiness. I fell in love right away with the drink and asked my mother in law how to make it, the how to was quite easy so I knew I had to share it.

The laban is smoked using an Arabic coal that is used for bukhoor or the shisha. This is the same coal used in smoking food as I have previously showed you. I prefer to buy the smokeless coals. You can order these online or visit a Middle Eastern store to buy a box. They are pretty cheap. You can use as much as you would like to make in the below recipes its really up to you. You need to have everything ready to make the smoked laban because you will need to work fast.

Laban (also called butter and sour milk)
1 coal
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