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Keeping it cool

Here in Poland the weather for the last couple of weeks had a lot to do with mood swings. One day it could be 26°C and the next one it could drop to just 18°C. I really don’t mind this kind of weather. Hot days exhaust me easily so I really don’t mind a cooler day intermission. As far as I can see from your comments or emails many of you suffer from heatwaves, so I thought I will share with you a simple recipe for a drink that should refresh you instantly.


Saying that you should fight fire with fire didn’t come out of nowhere. This rule also applies to this drink because you’re meant to drink it hot. Ingredients you’ll need include a little cinnamon stick, a slice of lemon and a bunch of fresh mint leaves. All you have to do is to put them all together in your favorite mug (or a pot, if you want to make more) and then pour hot water over them. Let it sit for a few minutes. Voila! Enjoy.

My mom prepared me a drink like that last Saturday and it turns out that its pretty similar to a local specialty they tried during their trip to Israel last month. The only thing that my mom skipped was honey which in original recipe was being added at the very end. But of course you could add it as well. I liked it without as I think the addition of honey flavour would be too much. In my opinion freshness of mint, juiciness of lemon and gently tingling spiciess of cinnamon are really well-balanced here. I hope this little tip will help you to cope with high temperatures. If you have other tips like this, do tell! May temperatures be ever in your favor!

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Long weekend poll – coming up next

Due to celebrations of Labour Day (that is also known as May Day in many cultures) on 1st of May we all get to enjoy a longer weekend. But here in Poland we also have a public holiday on 3rd of May that commemorates signing of Polish constitution. I was clever to take a working day in between off – that way I stretched my weekend to 5 days! Bravo me! The weather is still not as optimistic as it should be but I’m going to enjoy these free days, laze away & maybe do something for myself.


Plan for today is that we’re going together with my parents to a newly opened Africanarium in Wrocław and have a look at the animals. This brings back childhood memories when I used to visit the zoo very often. Otherwise I don’t have any specific plans yet. Any ideas? What about you my friends? What have you done and what are you going to do during this longer weekend? And of course what perfume are you going to wear? Will you wear something with muguet on Monday?

Here’s a poll question for you: decide what’s coming up next on Chemist in the Bottle, a review of…

  • Jul et Mad Fugit Amor
  • Carner Barcelona Sweet William

Winning review will be posted later next week (the other will follow later) Happy long weekend!

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