Today’s weather was fabulous for a beach day! Everyone in Tel Aviv was there. While the water was still cold, it was great to walk along and enjoy the sunshine and the incessant sound of ‘matkot’ (paddle ball).
At home, lemonade was a great way to take a break from the heat and raspberries make a good addition to your basic lemonade recipe. In Israel, drinking ‘limonana’ or lemonade with mint is very common. You can have this lemonade blended with ice so that the mint provides a stronger flavor, or you can just add some mint leaves — or ‘nana’ as it is known in Israel — to your lemonade.
Raspberries are not as common in Israel and it is difficult to find them fresh. Luckily, they are sold frozen at Tiv Tam (the non-kosher supermarket) and adding them while still frozen to the lemonade cools the drink down further and makes for a nice treat once you finish the glass.
For my lemonade, I made a small amount. If you would like to make more, you can use the recipe here. And if you are feeling very adventurous, you can even add some Arak, an anise flavored liqueur common in Israel, to your lemonade.
3 small lemons, juiced
5 tablespoons sugar, or add more to taste
1 cup hot water
4 cups cold water
Combine sugar and hot water in a glass and mix until all of the sugar is dissolved. In a pitcher stir together the water and sugar mixture, lemon juice, cold water, and ice. Finally, add the frozen raspberries.