Drinking Summer


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!

6 thoughts on “Drinking Summer

  1. I am 100% Nu Yawker and I didn’t mind the Israeli summers until I left Jerusalem and the surrounding hills for the wet sauna that is Ra’anana. Your drink sounds like the perfect tonic after a hard shlep home in the humidity that seems to settle on your shoulders and push you down to the blazing asphalt of the street. And a splash of something medicinal, like a little limoncello, would go down wonders with it, don’t you think?

    1. Definitely. For a long time in Boston, I had a bottle of a friend’s homemade limoncello in my freezer… might have to learn how to make my own here, it does sound perfect for this weather!

  2. Although I’m a native New Englander, I will never get used to our horrendous winters. I’d rather have 95 degrees and drink something nice and refreshing like this cooler. And yes, I do think that a splash of something — gin? vodka? — would work quite nicely in this one.

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