For a country where it is warm, hot, or sweltering 75-80 percent of the year, people seem to talk about the heat with a great deal of annoyance and even alarm. This is the Middle East! And it often surprises me that locals don’t seem used to (or resigned to) this fact of life in Israel. (Then again, Bostonians — even old timers — lament the cold winters an awful lot as well…. )
At any rate, this half-New Englander has no complaints about the weather here, and it will take years of thawing before I start missing Boston winters (if ever). Bring on summer, baby. Show me what you got.
Watermelon-Lemon Summer Cooler
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
5 cups chopped watermelon
1/4 -1/2 cup simple syrup (1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water brought to a boil on the stove, then cooled)– you can use less or none at all, it’s up to your taste
mint sprigs for garnish and flavor
Using a blender (I used a immersion hand blender, because that is what I have right now), mix the juice and the watermelon in batches. Mix in the simple syrup very well and pour over ice, into a large pitcher. Serve with mini watermelon wedges and mint sprigs. Enjoy!