Saturday, July 24, 2010

In from the garden

I found myself with a dozen limes this week. When I worked in Mexico, I was addicted to lime agua fresca. I have recreated something like it here. It was perfect to have in the fridge coming in from hours in the garden. Not to mention, easy on the eyes.

I grow several mint hybrids, among them pineapple mint, which I have used here. I also love this mint in a light vinegar sauce over grilled lamb, for muddling in mojito's, and for it's multi-color talent in garnishing desserts; worth planting if you can find it.

Blushing's Sparkling Lime Aqua Fresca
Serves 6

1 cup sugar
1 cup water - for simple/ sugar syrup
1 cup lime juice
3 to 4 cups sparkling water to dilute the limeade
Garnish: thinly sliced limes and pineapple pint

Make simple sugar syrup: Heat the sugar and water over medium heat in a small saucepan only until the sugar is dissolved completely.

While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 limes, enough for one cup of juice.

Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.

Fill the glass with one third lime-ade mixture, top with sparkling water.

Serve with or without ice, sliced limes, and mint.

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Teresa Hatfield said...

Sounds delicious and refreshing!
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

sle said...

We need to do some "drinking" you and I!