7.18.2011

Sippin' on

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I'm wilting! I'm a puddle. My white winter skin survived in just a few patches, in the shapes of my sunglasses and the straps of my sandals. I'm not complaining - I love the heat.  I like to walk around outside until my shirt sticks to my skin, then retreat to my air conditioned oasis and watch the blots of perspiration disappear from my shirt like magic! I like  to tie my hair up in crazy knots, eat all my food on sticks, wear bathing suits instead of underwear and talk into a whirring fan so that my voice sounds like a robot. The best is when I sit at the bus stop and close my eyes, tilt my warm and rosy face toward the sky and imagine that I'm at the beach. The dirty diaper and empty carton of menthols littering the sidewalk on 13th street become a sandcastle, a conch shell. These miracles just don't happen when it's spitting rain. And don't forget, the hotter the weather, the better the excuse for an icy cold summer beverage. Something with a lemon wedge and possibly a crazy straw. 

Green Tea Lemonade
Makes 12 tall glasses

10 teabags of green tea, steeped in 8 cups boiling water.
2/3 cup honey (or more to taste)
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
1 lemon, sliced
8 cups water

Bring 8 cups of water to boil. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep for 3-5 minutes.
Remove tea bags and stir in honey until it dissolves.
In a large pitcher or drink dispenser (one gallon), combine lemon juice, water, lemon slices and tea and stir.
Refrigerate until cold and serve over ice.

To make fancy, consider adding fresh mint, berries, silly straws or fizzy water. Or man up and pour in a glug of bourbon or vodka. Drink up!

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