When life gives you limes…Posted by in Food
Teen Martha has recently discovered lime. She had some lime ice (like lemon ice) one night and then had a lime cooler somewhere else, so I jumped on the recipe in June Living for limeade. I like the flavor of lime in food, so I thought this would be a fun new drink.
I squeezed two pounds of limes. They seem to make more juice than lemons. I mixed it up in the proportions in the recipe (2 1/2 cups juice – I actually had less than this since it was all my limes made, 4 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar). Holy cow it was sour! So I added more water and sugar, over and over. Eventually I had a gallon of the stuff with probably 1 1/2 to 2 cups of sugar and I just gave up. No one liked it. It was just too sour no matter what I did to it. Maybe the problem is that this recipe is on a page of cocktails that are based on the limeade and perhaps Martha does not intend for one to drink the limeade plain? I don’t know, but it was disappointing.
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I was going to try that recipe too and am glad to read your review. What a dissappointment after squeezing all those limes. Next time maybe add a scoop of sherbert?
Next time I think I would make lemonade and add some lime juice to it. I don’t think you need a lot of lime to get the flavor.
I make limeade the same way I make lemonade. My proportions are 1 cup lime juice, 2/3 cup sugar, 4 cups of water. It works every time!
I saw that recipe and thought I would try it. Thanks for the heads up. I’ll try it with the above proportions. Tx, Sassy.
I hope Sassy’s recipe works better for you. I heart limeade!
I always add a little salt to lemonade, limeade or my cherry limes… it actualy helps sweeten it!
You know what I’ve discovered? Making a simple syrup is an easier way to get the right proportion of sour to sweet. It’s super easy and syrups last almost forever in your fridge as long they’re not contaminated with anything.
I do that, too ~ & I agree that it’s really the best solution, but I make the syrup with half honey & make my own cherry syrup in order to the avoid corn syrup… but in all of them I add some salt.
I hate putting that much work into anything and not having it turn out! 🙁
Too bad you had to work so hard to get unpleasant results. Better luck next time, I hope!