Considering beverage recipes don’t make a dominant appearance on the blog-o, it’s pretty obvious I’m a little boring when it comes to drinks. Except for the occasional swig of Guaraná (Brian’s favorite Brazilian soda that shockingly he can find in our little Idaho supermarket resulting in our fridge packed to the hilt with it, no room for broccoli, since he’s always sure they’re going to stop carrying it even though he’s singlehandedly keeping the Guaraná industry thriving out here), I usually stick with water, absolutelynolemon, and it works for me. I’ve always felt a little uncool not having jumped on the dirty Diet Coke or soda fountain drive-through bandwagon. I’m the girl carrying the scratched and dented water bottle instead. Hi.
But every now and then, when I need to whip out some serious rockstar points, a really delicious, refreshing drink, like this minty ginger ale limeade, always does the trick. Sipping on something icy and sweet and just a bit zippy (I love that word, zippy) is a great way to elevate dinner or entertaining to new heights. Or better yet, drink it up while sitting on the back porch in 100-degree weather watching your kids pelt each other with water balloons and you just might be able to imagine you are on the beach in Hawaii.
Um, or not.
The minty limeade gets its zippy notes from ginger ale. Add in the zesty fresh lime juice and fragrant mint leaves and this right here has all the flavors I love. Fresh limeade in any form kind of kills me and this delightful little drink has become a huge favorite of mine.
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Feel free to add more sugar to taste if you like drinks a bit sweeter. Speaking of sugar, blending the sugar until really fine will help it dissolve more easily in the juice. For extra icy oomph, try chilling your glasses in the freezer before pulling them out to serve the limeade.
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar, blended until very fine (or use superfine sugar)
- 1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8 limes, depending on size)
- 14-16 fresh mint leaves
- 4 cups ginger ale, chilled
- Lime wedges or slices for serving
- In a pitcher, whisk together the sugar, lime juice and mint leaves until the sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until ready to serve (up to 4 hours, the mint flavor will get stronger as it sits).
- To serve, strain out the mint leaves and add the ginger ale and stir. Add ice cubes to glasses and pour in the limeade. Garnish with lime slices or wedges.
Recipe Source: adapted slightly from Cuisine at Home (cut the sugar way down)