It is getting hot in Vancouver! Summer seems to have come a little early and I love making old school beverages to beat the heat.
I picked up a whole whack of limes for $1.99 at Killarney Market and wanted to make an old-school limeade with them. When life gives you sad-looking limes…
I was surprised at how few recipes there were out there in the cyber foodie world for a traditional limeade. Everyone wants to make them all fancy with cilantro or a jalapeño syrup… Not me. At least not yet. I wanted to just enjoy the pure flavour and energy of summer limes.
To a medium sauce pan add 3 cups of water and a pinch of salt.
Add 3/4 cup sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes.
To help the cooling process of the simple syrup get enough ice that when melted would be about 1 cup.
In the meantime you want to juice your limes.
Keep going until you get 3/4 cup of lime juice. This took about six limes for me.
Take the simple syrup off the heat and add the ice cubes. Stir.
Fill up a sink with cold water and add the sauce pan to cool off. If you still have some ice cubes, add them to make an ice bath. This will help cool off the syrup. I wanted limeade NOW!!!
Pour the syrup into a medium beverage container and add the fresh lime juice. Stir.
Damn!!! Summer in a glass! I actually love this even more than homemade lemonade which tends to give me a sore throat for some reason.
Can you imagine adding some rum or gin to this? If I drank, that is what I would do to take this traditional limeade to the next level.
This is a perfect summer drink. I made it for pennies and totally from scratch. Love it! Hope you do too.