I like lemonade but it often gives me a sore throat. This Lemon-Limeade drink is still tart, but easier on my tender little throat. The recipe calls for the juice of 4 lemons and 4 limes. If I didn’t have my handy dandy electric citrus juicer, I wouldn’t have bothered. My main squeeze machine made short work of it and I got every blessed drop of juice from the fruit. Let’s hear it for technology!
By the way, if you use lots of lemons or limes, buying them by the bag is well worth it. At 75 cents or more per lemon or lime here in Ohio, where citrus trees do not grow, making more than a glass or two of lemon/limeade would be pretty darn expensive. But the bags I bought yesterday were about $2.50 each and I have enough fruit to make enough juice for twelve, maybe more.
I had guests for lunch yesterday and, with several dishes to prepare yesterday morning, I was glad that I could prepare most of the lemonade the day before. All I had to do was add the club soda and ice at the last minute. It was a most refreshing thirst quencher and pretty to boot.
Here’s the recipe, with thanks to Good Housekeeping, August 2008, issue.
Makes 6 drinks.
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
6, 2″ strips of both lemon and lime peel
4 lemons and 4 limes, 1 more of each for the garnish
1 c. cold water
1 c. club soda or seltzer
1. Combine 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
2. With vegetable peeler, remove 6 (2 inch) strips from the lemons and limes
3. Squeeze the lemons to get 3/4 c. juice. Squeeze the limes to get 1/2 c. juice. Set aside.
4. Add the lemon and lime peels and the 1 c. cold water to the sugar water in the pan. Transfer to a pitcher and chill for 2 hours.
5. Slice the extra lemon and lime. Stir into the pitcher along with the lemon and lime juices and 1 c. club soda. Serve over ice.
By the way, the rest of my menu was:
Tossed Salad with Raspberries and Raspberry Vinaigrette
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