The peak of summer in India is a carefree time, with mangoes, lychees and a plethora of summer fruits that rival each other with their colors and flavors. It is however also a very, very hot season, until there is relief from the monsoon rains. I realize we use the term #IndianSummer to suggest perfect and sunny weather, however, the mercury sometimes can be a tad higher than perfect. It is for those days, there are gallons and gallons of fresh limeade. The term for this drink, in colloqual speak is literally fresh lime and few words can sum up the simple purity of this drink better.
It is pristine in its simplicity, and brings memories of childhood with every clink of its pale and crisp being. As with most of my recipes, the emphasis is always on fresh, so it is important to use fresh limes for this drink. It is in this very basic form I can discern a small variation in taste between the lime and the lemon, and certainly a lot of difference in color. Traditionally, the basic formula is about freshly squeezed lime juice, sugar and water that is chilled and then served on the rocks. There is something magical about the beads of condensation of the sides of glass. Somehow, the delicate pale green color meshes in beautifull with the summer colors of India, which are usually pale pastel colors. Yes, just like the signature whites that we see here, the Indian summer landscape is usually dressed in crisp, cotton pale greens, yellows, pinks and of course white.
I am so relieved that school is over for the kids, although this does promise to be quite a busy summer, as I have so many events out and about, with the Spices and Seasons, cookbook. If you are around, I do hope you will stop by the farmers markets and come and say hi to me. You can find my schedule of events, here. This is something about the simplicity of this drink and the envigorating citrus flavors that will cheer you up. Interestingly enough, I find it most refreshing in its pristine form however if you do want to spike it up just a little bit, you can add a splash of vodka or coconut rum to mix it up a little.
A sweet and slightly salty limeade that is the thrist quencher of choice.
- 1 lime
- 1 glass (about 8 oz water) or seltzer
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 11/2 tablespoons of sugar or to taste
- Sprigs of mint to garnish
- Cut the lime and squeeze in the juice into a small pitcher, add in the water and the sugar and stir well.
- Chill for at least an hour.
- Serve in a tall glass over ice cubes, garnished with mint
- Note, if using seltzer, chill the seltzer separately and mix it just before serving into the lime and sugar solution.
Most of the time is for chilling.
Fresh Lime or Indian Limeade
Per Person or glass (I make about 4 times this recipe for 5 servings)
1 glass (about 8 oz water) or seltzer
1/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 tablespoons of sugar or to taste
Sprigs of mint to garnish
Method of Preparation
Cut the lime and squeeze in the juice into a small pitcher, add in the water and the sugar and stir well.
Chill for at least an hour.
Serve in a tall glass over ice cubes, garnished with mint
Note, if using seltzer, chill the seltzer separately and mix it just before serving into the lime and sugar solution.