On a whim at the grocery store I bought an entire 3 pound bag of limes. Just because they looked so pretty! And I knew they would look especially nice in my black and white striped bowl from Crate and Barrel. And they do, right?
So, I have this overabundance of limes. What to do with them? On Mother's Day, after a wonderful afternoon at the beach, we stopped at this BBQ restaurant where we had fresher than fresh limeade. Literally squeezed to order...so refreshing! So I thought I'd give that a try. Talk about fresher than fresh!! This is so good! And perfect for a hot summer day. Would be even so good as a replacement for lemonade in my Light and Easy Margaritas.
Makes about 1 1/2 quarts
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lime zest
3/4 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (about 5 limes)
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and lime zest with 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil and once the sugar dissolves (usually it happens simultaneously), remove from heat and let cool slightly. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the simple syrup into a pitcher to remove the lime zest. Add the lime juice and 4 cups of water. Serve over ice with a sprig of mint.