Cold, refreshing lemon limeade. The perfect not-too-sweet, not-too-tart summer drink made with fresh citrus fruit juices and infused with a smidgeon of mint.
After you taste this made-from-scratch drink you may never drink store-bought again!
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It’s blazing hot here again, 97° with a heat index of 107° and 80% humidity! Ugh!
So what could be better on a day like this than a pitcher of ice cold lemonade?
Ice cold lemon limeade with just a hint of mint!
Made from fresh squeezed lemons and limes, just like these lovelies.
This lemon limeade recipe starts with a simple syrup because the granulated sugar won’t properly dissolve in cold water.
Put the sugar, 1 1/4 cups water in a medium sauce pan with the torn mint leaves.
Heat it over medium heat, stirring constantly. No need to boil it, just get it hot enough to dissolve the sugar and infuse the syrup with the mint. Strain off the mint leaves and set it aside to cool.
Next, juice the lemons and limes. This citrus squeezer is one of my favorite kitchen tools. As you can see, it squeezes out every drop of juice to the point that it actually turns the citrus inside out!
And it strains the seeds out, too.
The number of lemons and limes you’ll need depends on how juicy they are. I needed 5 lemons and 4 limes. I bought some extras, just in case, and used them for garnishes.
Or, if you prefer, the juice freezes really well.
When you have enough juice, add it to a large pitcher with the simple syrup and give it a good stir.
Chill it then add ice and extra lemon and lime slices before serving.
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