Spices and Seasons – Fresh Lime or Limeade – #IndianSummer

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Fresh Lime or Indian LimeadeThe 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.

 

 

Spices and Seasons – Fresh Lime or Limeade – #IndianSummer

Prep Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

A sweet and slightly salty limeade that is the thrist quencher of choice.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Cut the lime and squeeze in the juice into a small pitcher, add in the water and the sugar and stir well.
  2. Chill for at least an hour.
  3. Serve in a tall glass over ice cubes, garnished with mint
  4. Note, if using seltzer, chill the seltzer separately and mix it just before serving into the lime and sugar solution.

Notes

Most of the time is for chilling.

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Fresh Lime or Indian Limeade

Ingredients

Per Person or glass (I make about 4 times this recipe for 5 servings)

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

 

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.

 

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About Author

Rinku Bhattacharya, the Spices & Seasons blogger, loves meshing seasonal produce with fresh spices. Most of her recipes are inspired by her Indian heritage, and her cooking is practical, easy and well suited for a busy lifestyle on the go. As a mother with two young children, her recipes are also usually balanced and kid-friendly. Rinku is the author of the blog, Spice Chronicles (formerly,Cooking in Westchester), where she shares her life experiences and original recipes. Rinku is blessed with a gardener husband, who always surprises her with a prolific and fresh supply of produce to keep her creative instincts flowing. Rinku has been teaching recreational cooking classes for the past nine years. Rinku is the author of two cookbooks: The Bengali Five Spice Chronicles an award winning (Gourmand 2013) cookbook that highlights culture, memories and recipes from her childhood transformed where needed for her Lohud kitchen and Spices and Seasons that marries Indian flavors with local and seasonal produce. Rinku can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest and is also a contributor for Zester Daily.

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