Now that it’s April, the memories of summers in Italy come pouring in and unless I do something about it, I’m going to sit here on the sofa for the rest of the afternoon in an Italian reverie ignoring the grey clouds of London outside.
It’s time for a mint limonata.
A litre of water
A big lemon (or two small ones)
A sprig of mint (I used two)
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
1. Put a pot of cold water on the stove with the mint and bring to a boil. While waiting for the water to boil, peel the lemon. Just before the water is almost to a boil, drop in the lemon peel. Remove the pot from the fire as it starts to boil.
2. Leave the lemon peel and mint to steep for about 10 minutes. Remove the mint and lemon and stir in the sugar. Allow to cool.
3. Once the tea has cooled, squeeze the peeled lemon. Serve and enjoy!
Forget the grey clouds, I can feel the summer on its way!