Calina’s favorite summer drink


Right now, the summer is absolutely perfect. 25 degrees, a few fluffy clouds, a fresh breeze, hot in the sun, cool in the shade. And the best part, at night it cools down to a refreshing 16 degrees, which almost guarantees good sleep. Ahhh  – it could stay like this all year round!

On this marvelous summer day I am sitting on the balcony, mending pants –  my boys jump through their pants in no time, including the very big boy! – and enjoy my favorite summer drink:

  • 1/2 glass of cold dry white wine (Riesling)
  • 1 -2 tablespoons mint sirup
  • juice of 1/4 lime
  • cold water

Mix all, fill in large wine glass and enjoy!




I have a nice big mint plant (I think it is a lemon-mint version) and I found here a wonderful way to utilize its many leaves before it starts to bloom. The sirup is wonderfully refreshing in cold water with a splash of lime. Apparently you can also do delicious cocktails with it but I didn’t venture down that lane yet.

Here is the recipe:
combine 4 cups of sugar (I used raw cane sugar) and 4 cups of water and heat while steering until the sugar is dissolved. Add juice of two lemons and 1 cup of mint leaves and simmer for 20 min. Strain through a fine mesh and fill the sirup into bottles.