This summer has caught us by surprise, and after many weeks of rain we now have some hot weather. To cool down on a sunny day, there is nothing more refreshing than fresh homemade limeade. Limeade is just like lemonade, but made with limes instead of lemons. This recipe uses fresh mint leaves, which makes the finished result taste a little like a virgin mojito.
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (around 5 limes depending on variety)
zest of 1 lime
3 cups cold water
2 sprigs of mint leaves
In a small saucepan, heat the lime zest with the sugar and 1 cup of water, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Don’t heat it any more than you have to, so that it will cool faster and be ready to drink as soon as possible.
Pour the lime zest syrup through a strainer to remove the zest into a jug or pitcher. Add the lime juice, and 2 cups of water. Pluck the mint leaves from the stems, and with them lying flat in the palm of your hand, clap them between your hands to release the oils. Don’t crush or bruise the leaves too much, as this will release the bitter taste of the chlorophyl in the leaves. Add the clapped leaves to the limeade, and place the pitcher in the fridge to cool. Add some ice to the container to speed up the process if you’re really thirsty.
Serve in glasses filled with ice, and garnish with a lime wedge or slice and some fresh mint leaves. Cheers!