Zesty Limeade

Easy-peasy uh, lime-y squeezy…
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I don’t know about you but I am officially done with the 30°C heat. In a country that rarely sees the mercury creep above 25, it’s been HELL; I mean, my house is made for drizzly Welsh winters, not stinking, sticky hot summers (emphasis on the ST-ICKY) – and neither am I. On a recent shopping trip I stumbled across an aisle full of thick woolly jumpers and winter coats and let me tell you, I am so ready to feel that cool September bite in the air. And while I’m not ready to say goodbye to the sunshine yet, the summer fatigue I get every year around this time has definitely started to set in.

Hopefully we’re done with the sweat and the humidity for now, but just in case we’re not – here’s the perfect antidote. I absolutely love fresh lemonade – and if you’ve never made it yourself before then why not? It’s an absolute doddle; there’s a reason why kids out in the states set up lemonade stands in the summer (American readers, do they really do that? Or is that just “Disney America?”). But limeade somehow, tastes even better – maybe because it feels just a little bit more grown up, especially with plenty of fresh mint. If you’re planning a late summer BBQ or picnic then you can’t go wrong with a ready made iced pitcher of the stuff – and you’ll be pleased to know it takes less than twenty minutes to make up. Shake some up ahead of the weekend and keep it chilling in the fridge and ready to pour for up to five days.

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Zesty Limeade

makes enough for 1 pitcher
Ingredients
  • 200ml fresh lime juice (from approx 5 limes)
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 300ml water
  • zest of one lime
  • mint leaves to garnish
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Method
  1. Squeeze as much juice out of your limes as possible into a saucepan (don’t worry if you get some pulp in there; you’re going to strain all that out later). Add the lime zest, cold water and caster sugar, then gently bring it all to the boil – by which time the sugar should have completely dissolved.
  2. Strain the liquid into a clean bottle/pitcher and then leave to cool. Before serving, give it a taste test and add a little more water if you find that it’s too strong.
  3. Serve over ice with a slice of lime and fresh mint. (…and maybe a shot of Tequila? *shrugs* I don’t know…) 😉
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Have a lovely week everyone! 💚

Strawberry Frosé

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I’m not the biggest fan of Rosé (no way, Rosé!).  It’s way too close to white wine and I haven’t drunk that stuff since my twenty-first birthday (DON’T ASK).  But, when it’s sweetened with some fresh strawberries, syrup, a little lemonade and slushedStrawberry Frosé.  Now that, I can definitely get on board with.  It’s like an adult Slush Puppy (remember those?) – minus the blue tongue – and would be perfect served up at a barbecue or summery wedding.  The base recipe is also super-adaptable; if you’re not a fan of strawberries then swap them out for raspberries or peaches – yum!  And, the best thing?  They’re really easy to make – especially if you prep the night before.  All you need is a strong-bladed blender and you’re good to go. 🙂

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Strawberry Frosé

Ingredients

  • One bottle of Rosé
  • 250g punnet of strawberries, chopped with stalks removed
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200ml cloudy lemonade
  1. There are two ways to do the first step.  You can either faff around dissolving the sugar on the hob with the lemonade and then add the strawberries to infuse and then seive the liquid into the Rosé… or, you can just take the easy route and blitz the whole lot in a blender until it’s nice and smooth and the sugar has dissolved.  You do you.
  2. Next, pour the frosé mix into ice cube trays and freeze overnight.
  3. When you’re ready to serve, blitz the ice cubes in the blender until you get candy floss pink slush.  Pour into glasses and garnish with a fresh strawberry.  Cheers! 😉

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Have a beautiful weekend guys! 💕