I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July weekend if you live in the US or celebrated Princess Charlotte’s christening in the UK – there were lots of reasons to celebrate this weekend! I didn’t have firm plans and we ended up hanging around the pool at my parent’s house all-day which ended up being the perfect way to spend the day! I rarely take time to just “sit” so this was an unexpected pleasure that I was very grateful for. I sipped a lot of iced tea that day but kept wishing that I had a limeade instead. So today, I got a bag of limes and got to mixing!
I’ve been craving ginger lately (thanks to one of my cousins introducing me to his mad ginger spice tea – yes, I’ll be sharing that recipe soon too) so I thought it would be yummy to add a little ginger to this concoction – and boy am I glad I did!
There used to be a BBQ spot in Richmond that we would sometimes drive to, JUST to get the limeades – crazy, I know… but they were that good, and I’m delighted to tell you that this is just as tasty. My daughter and I have practically downed this entire pitcher before I’ve gotten this post written.
Here’s my recipe:
- 1" - 2" Ginger, sliced
- 1 cup Sugar
- 2 cups boiling water
- 5 Limes
- 4 cups cold water
- Bring 2 cups hot water to boil.
- Place sliced ginger in a coffee press (or pot or jar that can safely contain hot liquid). Pour in one cup of sugar and then pour boiling water over ginger/sugar. (Most simple syrups are a 1 part to 1 part ratio but my sugar wasn't wanting to blend fully so I ended up doing parts water to my one cup of sugar). You can do this in a pot too - I happen to have a coffee press and just like to infuse things in it - but this is definitely something you can do in a pot, just cover the pot while it's infusing.
- Stir to help sugar dissolve and allow ginger syrup to steep for at least twenty minutes (or more) to begin to merge the flavors.
- Meanwhile, roll limes (to help you get the most amount of juice out of the fruit), slice it in half and squeeze out all of the juice. I use a handheld juicer for this and it works like a charm! Squeeze the juice directly into your pitcher.
- Once your limes are all squeezed, strain the ginger out of the syrup and pour the ginger syrup into the pitcher.
- Add four cups cold water & ice.
While hanging out at the pool, my aunt introduced me to a new iPhone app called Periscope – have you heard of it yet? (Go to your phone’s store – either iPhone or Android – and search for “periscope app”) Oh my goodness, it’s completely addictive. It’s kind of like YouTube meets Twitter – it’s live video feeds that you can comment on while they’re happening… I virtually visited the Raleigh Flea Market, watched a carnival parade in England, watched a reading of the Declaration of Independence in Williamsburg (by costumed reenactors-extra fun!), and later watched fireworks over the Chesapeake Bay! All live, all on my phone. It was so cool! I’m definitely planning to do some periscope broadcasts myself, so if you are on periscope please follow me @JenCarrollVA. You can watch anyone’s broadcasts as they are happening live (want to see what folks are doing in France, England, Ireland, Moscow, anywhere!) but once a broadcast is over, it’s gone unless you were already a subscriber, and even then it only hangs around in your feed for about 24 hours, so it’s a very spontaneous app. I’ll be trying to save my feeds here for folks to watch too, once/if I master it!!
Anyway, back to today’s recipe, I hope you’ll give it a try! Obviously you can customize this to your tastes by adding more or less ginger, lime juice, and sugar – for me, this was the perfect mix!
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