November 10, 2010

sparkling lime lemonade

Lemonade in November? I'm for it. Fresh squeezed, tart, sparkling lime lemonade? PLEASE!

I love lemonade that tastes fresh squeezed - which means it's pretty sour. I like my jaw to hurt and tense up after 7 sips. You know.

 I also love the way lemons and limes taste together, so this drink is perfect.

Start by squeezing 8 large lemons and 8 limes. Get as much juice as you can!

Do you believe I squeezed 16?

I DID. And all the little cuts on my fingers were yelling at me. Worth it.

It makes about 2 cups of juice. Pour it into a pitcher along with 1 cup of sugar and 3 cups of cold water. Mix and put in the fridge.

Then, when you are just about to serve it, top the pitcher off with 3 cups of club soda.

Confession: I added the club soda in the morning, 10 hours before I actually served it. So... by then it was not sparkling lime lemonade. Fail. But I did taste it when the club soda was fresh and it was fantastic! So crisp and refreshing. I know you will love it.

Here's the recipe!

Sparkling Lime Lemonade

8 lemons
8 limes
1 cup sugar
3 cups cold water

3 cups club soda

Juice lemons and limes. Pour juice (should be about 2 cups) into a pitcher. Add sugar and cold water. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until ready to serve, then pour in the club soda. Stir well. Serve lemonade over ice, immediately.