Now that the rain has passed through, an most of the storm damage has been cleaned up, the sun has returned with a vengeance!
This means that the kiddie pool has been set up on the back deck, we have tackled the garden again (at least a bit, the rain made all the weeds go crazy!), and are running errands the long way so we can enjoy the sunshine. Subsequently, we are very *very* thirsty.
The corner store has a small produce section that is quite cheap. This produce sections includes lemons and limes that are wrapped up on little styrofoam trays in packs of four. As a result, my fridge now contains nearly 2 quarts of homemade lemon-lime ade. A perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Okay, so it isn't 2 quarts anymore, because we drank some. Can you blame me? I had to make sure it would be good enough to post about!
To make your own lemon-lime ade you will need:
4 medium lemons
1 cup simple syrup
cold water to fill your juice jug
To start, make your simple syrup - take 1/2 cup of granulated sugar and put it in a cup or a bowl. Boil some water, and add a 1/2 cup of the just boiled water to the sugar and stir until all of the sugar is dissolved. You now have simple syrup! Set it aside for the moment.
One at a time, cut your lemons and limes in half and then cut a thin slice from one half (these will float in your finished ade, continuing to impart delicious citrus flavour. You can put them in your final juice jug now).
Juice your citrus halves! I juiced mine into a separate container with my little hand reamer. Mine looks a lot like this one. When all my lemons and limes were juiced, I strained the juice through a sieve, into the final juice jug I was using. That way, I got the big bits of pulp and most of the seeds out of the final beverage.
Now, fill your jug most of the way with cold water, give it a stir and then a taste. Add your simple syrup until the sweetness is to your preference. I added the entire cup, since I had pretty tart lemons and limes.
Now the hard part - putting your lemon-lime ade into the fridge to get nice and frosty. I'm impatient, so it was hard to wait! It was really worth it though - I enjoyed my first glass on the back deck with a friend, while our munchkins played in the kiddie pool.
If you want a more 'adult' version, I think it would definitely make a tasty punch with either vodka or gin. If you'd like to switch up the flavour profile, you could do lemons with strawberries, limes with blueberries, or throw in a handful of diced frozen watermelon! Mint might also make a tasty addition.