1001 Hot Days and A Cooling Lemonade

July 20, 2011 § 10 Comments

Dubai is practically an oven, those few months we call summer are just unbearable…. You step out of the house and the sun starts stabbing you with its strong rays, piercing your head like you have killed its only child… you get into your car and think you are safe but wait… the heat in there is worse! switch on the A/C and you have suffocated yourself! The hot air is just killing! Roll down the windows and wait for the A/C to cool then start driving to your destination.

I don’t think that 1.5-2L/day are enough to cover the insensible water loss we suffer daily in this humid hot weather. I’m sure more than 70% of residents suffer from dehydration.

If you are one of the people who get to escape the heat then you are lucky, for the few of us who are stuck here we need something that helps us get through this HEAT!

There’s a way that helps you cover the water loss and cool down.. It’s enjoying an ice cold glass of lemonade.

This is no ordinary lemonade. I had it at one of my mom’s friends house, my cool aunt “A’afary”. She’s like a mom to us. Whenever we went over we where fascinated with everything about her, clothes, vintage colorful ethnic decor, quirky touches she adds to her outfits, amazing food she serves. Its always a jaw dropping experience visiting her. I love her to bits.

I tried to recreate the drink, what I recall was a lemonade with sago and orange blossom water aroma. Sipping it ice cold is amazing, the middle eastern flavor and smell of the orange blossom water takes you to another place and after you are done you get to spoon out ice cold flavorful sago to eat. Its just perfect to combat the heat!

1001 nights Lemonade:

  • 6 lemons sliced
  • 1//2 cup sugar (adjust sugar to liking)
  • 1/4 cup orange blossom water
  • 1/2 cup cooked sago (i usually poor boiling water over it and let it stand for few minutes till its done)
  • 2 liters of cold water
  • ice to serve

Slice the lemons thinly and place in a large bowl mix in the sugar and start squeezing the juices out mix it to dissolve the sugar and let it stand for 30 minutes.

Before serving mix in the orange blossom water, poor the water and ice over it.

You can spoon the sago in each glass separately or with the whole thing, it tends to fall to the bottom so stir before pouring.

I usually do the above steps without addding the water and ice, mix in the sago and store in the fridge and serve by a glass when needed, which acts as a syrup, only add water, ice add more orange blossom water before serving.

You can also add to it some thinly sliced green apple or pomegranate seeds which u’ll enjoy munching after you finish the drink.



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