If I told you to prepare a limeade by blending the entire fruit, would you do it?
Let me guess, you have a baffled look on your face right now. I’ve seen that look before. It is the same one my family and I get every single time we tell people about our freshly blended lime juice recipe. Yes, I used those words together again.
In my family, we prepare a mean juice from whole blended limes.
Such a beverage does exist. It’s a juice unlike anything you’ve ever had before. It’s a treasured family recipe. One that is too good not to share with our loved ones and acquaintances. That’s why we prepare it for people every chance we get. And that’s why I am serving it to you today.
We inherited this recipe from my dad. I believe it’s one of his family favorites. One he passed down to us with joy. For years, he was the only one who could prepare it at the house. See, this juice was his assigned task. Growing up, whenever we wanted this limeade, he had to be the one to make it.
And of course, he deployed quite the arsenal for it. One that looked as crazy as the one he put together for his famous coconut ice cream. Much like it happened with his ice cream adventures, I have images of our crowded countertop in mind. On it: a blender, limes, water, ice, sugar, spoons, knives, plates, and a strainer. There was even a bottle of vanilla at times. Oh yes, I forgot to mention this juice goes well with some vanilla. It helps smooth out the flavors. It also sweetens it in a way sugar doesn’t. Today, I can’t help but wonder why my dad made this juice look so difficult to prepare.
It is perhaps one of the easiest juices known to mankind.
After all, all it requires is that you toss a few limes in a blender filled with water. You then have to strain the liquid so as to separate it from the lime peel and pulp before sweetening it. For a frozen limeade, you simply put the juice back in the blender with a lot of ice. Now, it couldn’t get any simpler than that, could it?
So what are you waiting for? You know you want to grab that blender and toss those limes you have at hand int it. Go for it! It will only take about 10 minutes of your time. I promise it will be one of the most refreshing limeades you’ve ever had. One you will definitely want to share with your loved ones.
A refreshing summer limeade
- 3-5 whole key limes to taste
- 2 cups of water
- sugar to taste
- 1/4 tsp of vanilla optional
- Wash the limes and cut them in half
- Add them to a blender with the water
- Blend until the fruits are reduced to a puree
- Strain the liquid
- Add some sugar to taste and the vanilla