refreshing limeade

What do you do when you see a sale for seven limes for only $1?

I’ll tell you what I do.

I buy the limes.

I make limeade.

Limeade (adapted from Simply Recipes)
makes about 1 quart

5-7 limes
Grated zest of 1 lime (about 1 tbsp)
3/4 to 1 cup of sugar
3 cups of water

In a small saucepan bring to a boil the sugar, one cup of water, and the lime zest. 
Once the sugar is dissolved (which it should be by the time the water boils), remove from heat and let cool for for a few minutes. The amount of sugar is a guideline, it depends on how sweet you like your limeade and how tart your particular limes are.
Place a strainer over a bowl and pour the sugar syrup through it, straining out the lime zest. 

Add the lime juice and 2 cups of water. Taste for sour/sweet balance. If too sweet, add a little more lime juice.
Chill, or serve immediately over ice.

It might be a little early for this cool, satisfying summer drink, but I always get a little ahead of myself once that warm weather hits. Kind of like those people who, at the first sign of spring, break out the shorts and flip-flops – on a 55 degrees (F) day. You know who you are.


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