Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Minty Limeade

Need a go to cool and refreshing beverage to help you make it through the upcoming hot summer months?   I have got one for you - Minty Limeade.  The cool refreshing taste of mint mixed with the citrusy coolness of limes.   This limeade has an extra refreshing flavor. Perfect for the upcoming hot summer days.  

Let's begin making our limeade.  Start by making a mint syrup.  Sprigs of fresh mint are added to a simple syrup of sugar and boiling water.  Let the syrup cool to room temperature or make ahead of time and put it in the fridge.   In addition to the mint leaves in the syrup, fresh mint leaves are chopped and put into the bottom of the pitcher.  Pour your syrup over the mint leaves.  Next add the fresh lime juice and water.   Stir and your limeade is ready to serve.

I added a little extra touch by dipping the rims of the glasses in sugar.  Doesn't take much time and makes your drink special. 


Minty Limeade
From Our Best Bites and Adapted by From My Southwest Kitchen

For the Syrup 
2 cups water
2 cups white sugar
2-3 sprigs fresh mint
 
For the Limeade
1 3/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
8 cups cold water
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh mint leaves
Ice
Garnishes 
Fresh mint sprigs
1/2 cup sugar

Instructions 
1. Bring water to a boil.  Remove from heat.  Add  the sugar and stir  until the syrup is clear - the sugar has dissolved.  Add the mint sprigs.   Allow to cool at room temperature or place in the refrigerator. The syrup can be made a few days ahead of time.
2.When ready to serve, place the chopped mint leaves in the bottom of the serving pitcher.  Remove the mint sprigs from the syrup. Add the syrup, freshly squeezed lime juice, and 8 cups of cold water. Stir well.
3. Place the 1/2 cup of sugar on a small plate.  Using a damp paper towel, wipe around the rim of each glass and then invert the glass into the  sugar. Carefully fill the sugar-rimmed glasses with ice cubes and pour the limeade into the glasses to serve.
 
Makes 12 servings



3 comments:

  1. I don't know what's going on with my mint this year, Geraldine. It just isn't growing fast enough for me, lol...When it's "pickable" the first thing I'm going to do is make us some Minty Limade. It sounds so cooling and refreshing! I wouldn't min a glass now instead of my morning coffee!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

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  2. You always have something really good here, Geraldine, and this limeade is no exception. I love lime but have never had limeade and would love a glass of it now. Thanks for the recipe!

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