Here's a drink we recommend for Day 5 of "Beat the Heat." You'll find this recipe in Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture by Amy Riolo, now in an updated paperback edition. How could this frothy, tangy-sweet drink not be refreshing? Sounds like the perfect way to keep cool after a long week of hazy, humid heat.
4 key limes, halved, or 2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup sugar, or to taste
2 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup milk
Place key limes or lemon juice in a blender. Add sugar, water, and milk.
Blend on high for 3 minutes, or if using key limes, until they have completely disintegrated.
Strain the juice and pour into 4 tall glasses and let sit for a few minutes to allow the froth to rise to the top.
Now expanded with new recipes in a paperback edition, this unique cookbook is devoted to the multi-ethnic and multi-religious history of the Egyptian table. Twenty-five menus celebrate occasions such as the Ancient Nile Festival, Ramadan Breakfast, and Passover. Each menu includes a historical and anecdotal introduction along with the recipes. This cookbook offers something for every palate!
- More than 150 easy-to-follow recipes
- Egyptian food history timelines
- Glossary of Egyptian ingredients and “Where to Buy” Guide
Amy is the author of Arabian Delights: Recipes & Princely Entertaining Ideas from the Arabian Peninsula (Capitol Books, 3007) and The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook (American Diabetes Association). She also wrote Nile Style: Egyptian Cuisine and Culture, which won the Gourmand Award for "Best Arab Cuisine Book" in the United States in 2009.
Recipes from earlier this week:
Day 4: Potato and Chickpea Salad
Day 3: Potato and Pomegranate Salad
Day 2: Peach Coconut Paletas
Day 1: Shrimp Salad on Mixed Green