I know .. this rain is not making us think of limeade. Limeade is a drink that comes to mind when we think of summer.
Picture it, kicking up your heels, running through the neighbors’ sprinklers on a warm day. So I’m sharing this recipe NOW, while you can test it out on loved ones and customize to your taste.
Daisy Martinez’s Sparkling Mexican Limeade
Whether on the high plains of central Mexico in summer or in your own backyard, nothing beats this spritzy, tart, lightly sweet drink for flat-out, thirst-quenching goodness.
Makes about 2 quarts (eight 8-ounce servings)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 7 limes)
1 cup superfine sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Three 750 ml bottles or two 1-quart bottles sparkling mineral water or seltzer, chilled
Lime slices, optional
1. Stir the lime juice, sugar, vanilla and ½ cup water together in a large pitcher until the sugar is dissolved. Chill thoroughly. The syrup may be made up to several hours before serving.
2. Just before serving, pour the sparkling water into the syrup and serve, with ice and a lime slice tucked into each glass if you like.
Notice when Daisy made this recipe she started out by adding SOME of the sugar, and tasting, before setting the pitcher of limeade to chill.
Follow this link, to watch Daisy make the limeade plus another summer recipe – an easy pasta dish with fennel and shrimp. Anybody feel the warm breeze yet?