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Monday, August 29, 2011

sparkling limeade

Sparkling Limeade 

Summer vacation may be over for those of you whose schedules revolve around the school-year, but the Summer heat is definitely sticking around for a bit longer. My poor hometown of Austin is still seeing temperatures well above 100 degrees, close to 110 yesterday to be exact. Sounds like the perfect time to share my favorite way to cool off on a hot Summer day: with a refreshing sparkling limeade.

Sonic limeades are my favorite thanks to their amazing ice, but we still aren't living close enough to one to make it worth the drive. Lucky for me, limeades are super easy to make at home and even without the infamous ice, these are better than the Sonic inspiration if you ask me.

After a little bit of tinkering, I love the ratio that I came up with because it makes one serving at a time. It can easily be doubled, quadrupled, etc for sharing, but is perfect for making fresh at home for one. Feel free to spice it up with a handfull of fresh berries or sprigs of mint and help fight the heat this Summer with homemade sparkling limeade - enjoy and stay cool, y'all!
Sparkling Limeade
1 lime
1-2 tablespoons simple syrup
8 ounces club soda, chilled

Segment* lime, reserving one or two thin slices for garnish. Place segments in bottom of glass and squeeze the juice out of the remaining membrane over the segments.

Top lime segments with 1 tablespoon simple syrup and muddle to break up the segments and release more juice.

Top off your glass with chilled club soda, stir and taste. Add additional tablespoon of simple syrup if additional sweetness is desired. Garnish with lime slice and enjoy!

If it is an extra hot day, drink can be shaken over ice.

*Segmenting a lime is a simple way to remove the bitter peel and membrane of the fruit. Slice off the top and bottom of the lime; follow the shape of the fruit to cut away sections of the outer peel from top to bottom with your knife; cut out segments by slicing close to the membrane on each side. 

Sparkling Limeade


Kelli said...

Yum! You aren't joking about this Texas heat. It's nuts. I've been on a lemonade kick lately, but this sounds just as good. I'm going to have to try this so I don't get burned out on lemonade.

danielle. said...

This looks yummy!! Can't wait to take the recipie for a test-drive:)

Kimmie said...

Stay cool!!! I was home for just shy of three weeks back in June and was *miserable* - I cannot even imagine months and months of the heat. (I totally sound like I didn't grow up in TX or anything, but you get used to being away). 

I also love a fresh green tea with lots of ice and seasonal fruit sliced up and thrown in.  

jessikahsd said...

Yum, this sounds delicious!

Christine said...

Your right, Texas is hot. Its 10:40 pm and its 98 degrees. Your drink looks refreshing.

Ann said...

Delicious - that sounds SO refreshing...and lime is one of my favorite flavors!

Amanda @ Bakingwithoutabox said...

I love Sonic limeade and it's been hot as heck here.  I'm saving this one!  Thanks!

Kate said...

Love your site! This limeade looks so refreshing and tasty :-)

Rachel said...

Love this.  So refreshing and easy.  I like to make things like this in the cooler weather just to remind me of the warm weather fun.

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

This looks wonderful! I would drink it any time of the year!!

Kimmie said...

Funny you say that - when I flew home in June I was on a late flight that arrived around 10:30. The reaction of the San Francisco/San Diego passengers when they hit the 98 degree heat on the tarmac was hilarious. Complete shock - thankfully, I at least knew what I was in for. Didn't make it any cooler though. Stay cool!

Damaris said...

I love how refreshing this is. Instead os syrup have you ever tried sweetened condensed milk? That's what I like to use. Thanks for sharing this simple recipe. I'm sure I'll use it a lot down here.

Kimmie said...

Oh my! Sweetened condensed milk sounds amazing! I've heard of using that, but haven't tried it - I just may have to now. =)

Sandi said...

Thanks for showing how to segment, that helps!

Cool post ;)