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12 September, 2017

Limeade

Posted in : Beverages on by : Nicole

Recently we were at the food truck event – civic center eats -and had a coupon to use that left us with $5. The suggested addition was a limeade of the day. Options were watermelon serrano and strawberry basil. I tried both and both were amazing, but i chose the strawberry. After we finished our meals, we had another coupon and got 2 more, 1 of each flavor. Since we had coupons, the $5 price tag didn’t really hit home, but after we talked about how tasty they were I decided it was not worth the price and I needed to figure out how to make it myself! And so the research started!

I found 2 recipes for each kind that seemed worth while, and started to gather ingredients.

Hubby isn’t “a fan” of basil and we have enough spearmint to float a boat, so i shifted that recipe to be strawberry mint. 

I went to walmart and spent the following:

  • 22 limes 5.50
  • 1 large container of strawberries – 4.69
  • 1 personal seedless watermelon 2.69
  • 2 serranos – .23
  • Total – 13.11

All in all i did not use all the limes, nor the strawberries, so it was a less than the total and now that i know how i want it to work, it would be a much less “startup cost”

So the result was 2 “pitchers” worth of  mixture to add fizzy water to and/or Vodka.

Watermelon Serrano Limeade
took these 2 recipes and combined them https://afetefullife.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/cocktail-hour-serrano-watermelon-limeade/ http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/watermelon-limeade
Ingredients
  1. 6 cups 1-inch-pieces watermelon (from about 1/2 5-pound watermelon)
  2. 1-3 cups fresh lime juice (8-10 limes per cup)
  3. 1 serrano sliced
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Instructions
  1. Place cubed watermelon into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Strain the watermelon into a pitcher.
  3. Add lime juice (strain as the same time)
  4. Drop in serrano pepper slices and allow to infuse for about 120 minutes.
  5. I suggest tasting about 1/2 way through to check the heat (just don’t actually taste the pepper!). If you don’t love a lot of spice, you might wish to remove the peppers before 20 minutes. We love spice so we left it for over an hour.
  6. Serve with 2/1 watermelon limeade/sparkling water at a shot or 2 of vodka to make it adulty!
Notes
  1. Do the serrano as you see fit. We like to feel the heat, so we leave it in longer.
  2. We strain the juice to remove the pulp, if you don't care, no need.
  3. Makes approx 7 or 8 pint glasses worth of final beverage.
  4. We upped the lime juice to make it more limeadey!
  5. If you want it sweeter, add some agave syrup
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Adapted from Afetefullife.wordpress.com
Adapted from Afetefullife.wordpress.com
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Strawberry Mint Limeade
Combined 2 recipes for sugar mixture, used mint instead of basil and upped the strawberry content to flavor!
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups strawberries
  2. 1 1/4 cups water
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1-3 cup fresh lime juice (8-10 limes per cup)
  5. 1 cup mint, divided
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Instructions
  1. Puree strawberries with 1 cup mint in a blender with 1 cup of water.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the 1¼ cups of water with 3/4 cup of sugar , and heat over medium until fully dissolved, toss in 1 cup of mint leaves about 12-15 minutes.
  3. While heating, juice your limes
  4. Strain the pureed strawberry/mint juice and fresh lime juice into a pitcher
  5. Strain in the sugar/mint mixture and stir.
  6. Serve with equal parts fizzy water and vodka - or straight fizzy water for non-alcoholic
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It was a wonderful experiment and i anticipate watching sales and creating concoctions as different fruits go on sale!

As we were enjoying the fruits of our labors – pun intended!

Hubby said that this would not be viable for a party,  I disagreed and for that added this prepable section as well!

Pre-prep – double or triple your ingredients and do the following!

Get a large seedless watermelon, in 2 batches blender and strain the juice. Set aside

Strawberries/mint – put the whole large container in the blender (cored and halved) – strain. Set aside

Juice the limes – i have an attachment for my cuisinart – best thing ever – strain. Set aside.

Mint simple syrup – double or triple your batch, let it cool, set aside

Depending the size and quantity of your pitchers, make your mixtures ahead.

You containers for salads in a jar might be a good option as well!  

If you try this recipe, let me know how it went and leave a comment.

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