The taste of limeade takes me back to my childhood. I’m reminded of hot and sticky days when my mom used to make huge pitchers for us and we’d drink it outside in the shade during the Maine summertime, the condensation droplets creating rivulets of sweat as we fished out the occasional black fly from our glasses. It was the epitome of summer.
I recently recreated those memories by mixing up a batch of my own, infused with a little fresh mint. I love the idea of always having a big jug of something cold + tasty to drink in the fridge during the summer, so what better way to kick it off than with the ultimate summertime drink? This refreshing minty limeade comes together quickly and the flavors meld together the longer it rests. Recipe below!
- 12 limes
- Simple syrup (1 cup sugar + 1 cup water)
- Fresh mint leaves
- Filtered water
- Start by rolling each lime on a hard surface with the heel of your hand for 30 seconds. This releases the juices inside and makes them easier to squeeze.
- Slice 10 limes in half and juice. You can use an electric juicer for this process – I don't own one so I juiced my limes by hand.
- Finely chop 6-7 fresh mint leaves. Make sure they are chopped very fine, as larger pieces may clog the spout of the pitcher.
- Combine the lime juice and chopped mint leaves in a small bowl and muddle. Allow the flavors to meld as you create your simple syrup.
- Combine the cup of water and the cup of sugar in a pan and stir over medium heat until sugar has completely dissolved.
- Fill the pitcher 3/4 of the way with filtered water and add the simple syrup and lime juice with mint. Stir to combine.
- Finish off the drink by thinly slicing the remaining 2 limes and stirring into the pitcher.