Summer for my daughters means the swimming pool is open for business.
Summer for me means fresh tomatoes.
Summer for my husband means his go-to drink becomes the Gin and Tonic.
For some of us especially, summer can’t come soon enough.
Limes were on sale this week at the grocery store (5 for $3, same for lemons), so I bought 10. I knew that 10 limes worth of gin and tonics never ends well, so I looked up a limeade recipe so the girls could join Dada in their own way in the celebration of summer.
I’d like to point you to a very cool cooking site that speaks to me when I am just looking for the facts: Cooking for Engineers. Check out the recipe tab for a giant list of recipes that have been thoroughly tested and are written in a no-nonsense manner. My husband is an engineer by training, and he often finds recipes confusing to follow. He says they’re “too narrative”. This is the site for him.
I was looking for a limeade recipe that I could make on a cup-by-cup basis and this is where I found it. This recipe makes a simple syrup with lime juice concentrate which you then dilute with water to make the quantity you want. Perfect.
Limeade (from Cooking for Engineers)
1 cup lime juice (about 6 limes)
1.5 c water
1.5 c sugar
Squeeze the limes to get 1 cup of lime juice and put aside. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat a cool a bit and then add the lime juice. Store this concentrate refrigerated or frozen.
1 c limeade concentrate plus 2 cups water. (or 1/3 c limeade concentrate + 2/3 c water…I is good at math)
On the site, the commenters suggested adding mint leaves or grated lime peel. I did neither of these, but they both sounded great! Adding little mint plus some white rum would make a great mojito-like drink.
Summer can’t come soon enough!