Ginger Limeade

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CINCO DE MAYO in the hiiiizzz-ouse.

I know what you want. You want something Mexican, and cheesy with salsa…maybe something that’s even sprinkled with cotija cheese and avocado…

But I don’t have that. I’ve got nothing of the sorts. I had plans to do this, I swear. But something happened. A heat wave came ploughing through LA with 90-degree temperatures, and all I had the desire to do was to drink like, everything in the world. Not alcohol-wise, but like, lemonade, iced coffee, limeade, watermelon raspberry slushies, etc.

I did have a plan, though–it involved lots of shredded pork, a fried tortilla and lots of cotija cheese. I didn’t make that, obvi. It was too hot. I’m sweating now just thinking about standing over a hot stove with even hotter oil.

Instead I made this…for lunch…and dinner.

Ginger Limeade with a side of Guacamole and chips. The perfect I’m-too-hot-to-eat snack/meal.

And really, it’s kind of amazing even if you aren’t sweating.

Let me explain…

You squeeze the limes until you have about 3/4 of cup of fresh lime juice.

Then there’s a ginger syrup you’ll need, which is just made of water, agave (or sugar) and minced ginger. If you want more ginger flavor let it simmer for 5 minutes; want less gingery flavor? Less time. Easy peasy!

Combine the rest of the water, ginger syrup and lime juice together…and BOOM! Ginger Limeade!

Other good ideas: juice a half of a cucumber and top if off with cucumber juice! Yum!

Or…add some tequila, gin, or vodka. All good ideas.

And then garnish it with something you kinda want to eat while you’re drinking. I chose a slice of a cucumber, candied ginger and a slice of lime.

Welcome to yum-town, population: YOU!

Ginger Limeade

Recipe tweaked from Gourmet

Print this recipe!

3 1/2 cups water

4 tablespoons of agave (or 3/4 cup sugar)

2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger

3/4 cup fresh lime juice

Thin lime slices for garnish (optional)

Cucumber slice for garnish (optional)

Candied ginger for garnish (optional)

In a small saucepan stir together 2 cups of the water, agave (or sugar), and the ginger, bring the mixture to a boil, and stir.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.

Strain the syrup through a fine sieve set over a bowl and let it cool. In a pitcher combine the cooled syrup, the remaining 1 1/2 cups water, and the lime juice and stir the limeade well.

Divide the limeade among the tall glasses filled with ice cubes and garnish each drink with a lime slice, cucumber slice and/or candied ginger.

Other options include: adding a splash of soda water; adding booze (gin!); or the juice of half of a cucumber.

 

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Jessica May 5, 2011 at 12:28 am

Oh yum! I am a big limeade fan and this one sounds fantastic. And that straw is super cute! Is it one of the ones from Bake It Pretty?

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Abby May 5, 2011 at 3:45 am

I am going to a cook-off at a friend’s house saturday night. this ginger limeade is the perfect item to bring….i am sure it is a great palate-cleanser as well! It looks oh-so-refreshing…thanks Adrianna!

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Jessica @ How Sweet May 5, 2011 at 3:46 am

I can’t decide which I want first. The limeade or the guac!

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Blog is the New Black May 5, 2011 at 5:16 am

Yum! Happy cinco de mayo!

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Lindsey May 5, 2011 at 7:24 am

Ah this sounds so good. I’m a sucker for ginger. I might make this and use seltzer. A spritzer?

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d.liff @ yelleBELLYboo May 5, 2011 at 7:48 am

The limeade looks wonderful! I’ve been very into ginger cocktails lately – I had the Beverly at Otto in NYC and a Lavender Lemon Tea with ginger ale in it at Christopher’s in Porter Square in Cambridge, MA this week (it’s been a lot of traveling). I’d love to try your limeade with Absolute Ginger :)

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Angharad May 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

Love it. I love/hate those days when all you want is to drink dinner. I mean, smoothies are great but so are tacos, you know? This is an excellent solution. :)

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Jen of My Tiny Oven May 5, 2011 at 10:13 am

That looks so refreshing! I could use a tall glass or 2 of that right now! That Guac is making me drool! yum!

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Ash May 5, 2011 at 10:26 am

I could totally go for some of the limeade right now!! Yum! Plus now I’m craving guacamole!

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Joanne May 5, 2011 at 11:07 am

I could love off of ginger-infused anything but limeade sounds particularly divine. Way better than shredded pork, if you ask me!

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Ryan May 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

This looks puckin’ awesome.

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alicia May 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Gorgeous pictures – so bright and summery! I love the ginger syrup – would be great in limeade or iced tea!

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laura @ glutton for nourishment May 5, 2011 at 6:27 pm

this looks perfect for this hot weather!

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Nastassia May 6, 2011 at 10:25 am

love love love limeade! sometimes better than lemonade. summertime!

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