Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Another part of the change in temps means frequent visits to the park with my little guy, firing up the grill and partaking in refreshing beverages. If my little man and I are out and about between 2:00 and 4:00, it's not uncommon for us to swing by Sonic and indulge in a drink for happy hour. He always gets a strawberry slush; he loves sipping on it but he's especially happy when he sucks up a chunk of strawberry through the straw. I typically go for a limeade; cherry or cranberry to be specific. The perfect balance of sweet and tart.
So, with the arrival of spring I thought it would be fun to whip up a limeade at home. But not one of my regulars, something different. Then it hit me, what about a kiwi limeade? Yum, right? Right!
To make this limeade I went through the same process as I used to make my blueberry lemonade and strawberry lemonade. I really wanted the two flavors to shine and compliment one another without overpowering each other, so I made sure each element was jam packed with flavor.
Just like my lemonades, this limeade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. You definitely get that tart, lime flavor from the fresh squeezed limes; the tart, juice, pulp and even some zest for some added tartness. The flavor of the kiwi is evident too thanks to the kiwi infused simple syrup and the kiwi puree.
So, what are you waiting for? Whip up a pitcher or two of this and get ready to welcome spring with open arms.
And, if you're looking for a fun and simple drink to sip on for your St. Paddy's day celebration this would be a fun alternative. It's light, refreshing and it's green. Make this a hard limeade by adding a splash or two of your favorite vodka or tequila, a little club soda and you could even rim the glass with some green sprinkles for a fun and festive touch.
For the kiwi simple syrup-
1 Cup water
1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp sugar
1 Kiwi, peeled and roughly chopped
Rind from 1/4 of a lime
For the Kiwi puree-
2 Kiwis, peeled and roughly chopped
1/4 Cup water
1 Tsp sugar
For the limeade-
Zest of half a lime
1/2 Cup fresh squeezed lime juice
1 Cup water
1/4 Cup sugar
For the simple syrup-
Combine water, sugar, kiwi and lime rind in a small saucepan. Place over medium-low heat, bring to a simmer and allow mixture to simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Be sure to stir occasionally. Once the sugar has dissolved remove from heat and allow to cool.
For the puree-
Combine kiwi, water and sugar in a blender, and process until the kiwi is pureed and the mixture is smooth. Set aside.
For the limeade-
Combine sugar and lime juice in a pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Add the water and lime zest and stir to combined. Add the puree and simple syrup to the mixture and stir. Place in the refrigerator and allow to chill. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe source: A Lynsey Original