Nectarine Lemon Balm Tipple

by Laura on July 23, 2011

We are in the throes of quite a peculiar summer: cold nearly ‘til July, and wet, relentlessly wet.  And now steamy—literally.   This morning I can see nothing from the windows of the house, save through the trickles, as it is wrapped in a dense and ghostlike condensation.  They say that according to the heat index it will feel something like 115 degrees here for what is sure to be an excruciatingly drawn out week.  I am accustomed to cozying in for the winter during stretches when more than the dash between car and door or to the mailbox is a little painful.  But this?  It’s getting old.  I want my Minnesota summer.  Nights outdoors picnicking and lolling on the grass or on the beach at Lake Minnetonka.  Long temperate night walks with bats wheeling overhead.  Long suppers on the patio until the sun wanes at 9:30 and the mosquitoes chase us indoors again.  One day my Honey Girl and I decided to buck the heat and do our usual walk, and we both suffered mild heat stroke.  So much for fortitude.  We’re settling in to wait it out now.  Taking refuge in movie theatres and libraries.  Staring out the wiped window at the rising heat with our paws at the sills like dogs, like toddlers waiting for playtime.  Here, thank the Lord for refreshment, is the sweet and ice-cold antidote.


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1 Joyce July 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Laura, this looks so lovely! I can’t wait to try this (sans vodka) with some Georgia peaches!

2 Kris Jacobson July 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Wow. Does this look delicious.
Love your description of our summer too.

3 Laura August 10, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Thank you!

4 Snippets of Thyme August 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm

This looks like a beautiful drink that would be perfect down here in steamy Texas!

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