Quick question – Are you sick of my drink recipes? Do you visit my page and suddenly you really, really need to pee?
I’m sorry about that.
It’s starting to warm up, yo. And I’m parched. Very parched. Often. I ought to get that checked, along with that pain in my right hand.
Let’s talk about this limeade. Should I give you a minute to empty out your bladder?
Ah. you’re back! How was that? Was it good?
Let’s talk about this Limeade.
Side note: Limeade is such a weird word to spell.
OK… Limeade situation…
I’m about this lime life right now. I was deprived of limes for a couple of months and now that limes are available (and cheap) at the supermarket, I need to get my fill. Who knows when another shortage will have us by the short and curlies? A sista’ is trying to look out for herself. Getting that citrus in.
So I say, bring the margaritas! Wait, no… That’s a whole ‘nother post situation.
I mean – Bring the limeade! You need to be about this. Right now. You know what pairs well with limes? Raspberries. They’re hella cheap right now. Don’t believe me? Head to your nearest supermarket. You can almost bathe in them. Don’t… Forget I said that.
Flow with me…
All good drinks begin with BANGING simple syrup. Eff what you heard – This is FACT.
So factual it bears repeating.
ALL GOOD DRINKS BEGIN WITH BANGING SIMPLE SYRUP.
You got that?
You take about 1 1/2 cups of raspberries and bring to a boil with water and sugar. You boil until the sugar dissolves and the raspberries soften. You add more raspberries and puree that sucka’ nice and smooth. Strain it, ’cause no one likes seeds all up in their limeade. Add a splash of vanilla extract, just ’cause.
You see what happened here? We went from a banging simple syrup situation to a puree situation.
Roll with it.
Juice limes until you get anywhere from 6 to 8 ounces of lime juice. If you prefer a tart limeade situation, go for the full 8 ounces of lime juice. I had to juice about 8 limes to get 8 oz. I like my ish tart.
Thought you’d like to know.
Now – Get yourself one of those half gallon mason jars. They now sell them at my local .99 cent store. I was so excited I depleted their supply. I hope they think I make moonshine, ’cause I want to develop that sort of rep.
Add the raspberry puree and lime juice, along with 4 cups of cold water in your mason jar. Close it, and then give it a shake. If you find your lemonade to be too tart, add some sugar – About a scant 1/4 cup at a time. Totally up to you.
Pour in a glass full of ice and top with seltzer. If want to add vodka to this situation, invite me over.
I won’t object to becoming a summertime lush.
For the raspberry simple syrup
- 6 oz about 1 1/2 cups raspberries
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup cold water
- Splash of vanilla extract
For the limeade
- Raspberry simple syrup
- 6 oz about 1 1/2 cups raspberries
- 6-8 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice About 6-8 limes
- 4 cups cold water
- 1/4 cup of sugar or to taste optional
- Seltzer water
- Vodka Optional
- In a small saucepan combine raspberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the sugar has dissolved and the raspberries have softened, about 10-15 minutes. Remove from heat and add a splash of vanilla extract.
- Add 1 1/2 cups of raspberries to the syrup and puree either using an immersion blender or a regular blender until smooth. Strain the mixture to remove the raspberry seeds. Discard the seeds. You should now have a nice, sweet raspberry puree.
- To a half gallon mason jar, or a large glass container - Add the raspberry puree, freshly squeezed lime juice, and cold water. Seal the mason jar and shake until fully combined. If you're using an open container, stir that jammy - Don't shake. Otherwise it will end up on that pretty summer tank top.
- Taste and adjust the sweetness as desired.
- Add ice to an 8 oz glass. Add limeade till the glass is filled halfway, then top with seltzer. Or vodka. Or both. Whatever floats your boat.