8.06.2013

LIMEADE 3 WAYS

 

Limeade is that drink that brings me back to my childhood in Yuma. (Yes, that Yuma...aka Hotter Than Hell Yuma.) I remember ever so clearly my mom making limeade in the Summertime. However, instead of making an entire pitcher at one time, she would only make one glass at a time. Let me explain. Are you all familiar with those cardboard cans of concentrated juice you buy from the freezer section? Well, instead of dumping the whole thing into a pitcher and adding 3 cans of water (like the directions called for), my mom would use a tiny little spoon to scoop out 1 or 2 drops of limeade concentrate into her glass, fill the glass with water, then mix it up and drink it. She would then stick the limeade can back in the freezer and keep it there until the next time she wanted limeade. Oh yeah, she was determined to stretch that can of limeade concentrate as far as the eye could see. Instead of it only serving 6, she ended up getting at least 10 or 12 servings. Oh, and if any of us kids wanted a glass, we would have to beg and wine. We knew it would be watered down (way watered down), but we didn't care, we were just happy to drink something besides water!


Here's 3 variations of limeade I came up with. They were all REALLY good. I think my favorite was the cucumber-mint, but it's hard to say. The mango-ginger is a little spicy so be careful as to how much ginger you put in, and you can never go wrong with strawberry-basil. And remember, with all cooking, it's all about your taste preference. So, if you like your limeade really sweet, then you might need to add more sugar (although you should probably find that 1 cup of sugar is beyond plenty for this recipe). And of course, always remember to use super fresh and ripe ingredients and your limeade will always come out delicious.


STRAWBERRY BASIL LIMEADE (makes about 4 portions)
1 cup fresh lime juice (10-12 limes)
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
2 cups roughly chopped strawberries (1 pint strawberries)
15-20 basil leaves (what you would get from one small package)

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth then pour over ice.


MANGO GINGER LIMEADE (makes about 4 portions)
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 10-12 limes)
1 cup sugar 
3 cups water
2 cups roughly chopped mango (about 3-4 ripe mangos)
1/3 cup roughly chopped fresh ginger (more or less depending on how spicy you like it)

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth then pour over ice.



CUCUMBER MINT LIMEADE (makes about 4 portions)
1 cup fresh lime juice (10-12 limes)
1 cup sugar
3 cups water
2 cups roughly chopped cucumber (about 2 small cucumbers)
15-20 mint leaves (what you would get from 1 small package)

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth then pour over ice.




Here's my nephew, Micah. He could not get enough of this limeade. (To make sure he didn't break the goblet we made him fold his arms while I held it for him.)

1 comment:

  1. Super cute picture of Micah!! Limeade looks yummy!! Thanks for the post

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